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Published 7 August 2015

Gleydson Carvalho had received threats for being a radio presenter who was outspoken against  corruption.

A Brazilian radio presenter known critic of local government corruption in the northeastern state of Ceara was killed while during his radio show on Thursday after receiving frequent death threats.

Gleydson Carvalho, radio jockey on Radio Liberdade FM, was shot when gunmen entered the radio studio during his show and shot the presenter.

Carvalho died while being transported to the hospital after the shooting.

“Two unknown people killed radio journalist Gleydson Carvalho.”

“Today they silenced one of the most important voices of our region, in a tragic and unnecessary way,” said a the municipality of Camocim, where Carvalho hosted his radio show, in a statement.

Carvalho had received threats on his Facebook account, according to El Mundo, and friends also said the radio host often spoke of receiving threats because of his work.

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The Ceara's Radio and Television Association Vice President Edilmar Noroes said that such a crime leaves communication workers terrified, adding that it remains unclear from security bodies how quickly the investigation will proceed.

Brazil is considered the third most dangerous country in Latin America for journalists after Mexico and Colombia, according to Reporters Without Borders, ranking 111 out of 180 countries worldwide.

“Gleydson Carvalho was a Brazilian journalist of Radio Liberdade FM. He denounced corruption and he was killed on live air.”

Carvalho's murder marks the fourth killing of a journalist in Brazil this year, Reporters Without Borders said. His death follows the killing of radio presenter Djalma Santos da Conceicao and blogger Evany José Metzker in May, the most recent victims of violence against journalists in the South American country. 

Authorities have not yet arrested any suspects linked to the homicide.

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