Brazilian cameraman Gelson Domingos da Silva killed in shoot-out

A popular and highly respected Brazilian cameraman has been killed while covering a dawn drugs raid. Gelson Domingos da Silva was shot in the chest by a high-calibre rifle while covering the raid in the west of Rio for the Bandeirantes TV network.

Brazilian media sources have published a photo, taken moments before the shooting, in which da Silva can be be seen crouching behind special forces officers. Within minutes of the photo being taken, he was dead. Other photos published in the Brazilian media claim to show his body in the back of a police vehicle.

Four alleged drug traffickers were also killed in the shoot-out at the Antares favela. Brazil is trying to clear up its massive drugs problem ahead of the World Cup, but media figures such as da Silva aren’t helped by laws prohibiting the wearing by journalists of certain types of protective body armour.


About Sarah Bosdiccia

Sarah Bosdiccia is a writer, journalist, blogger and editorial assistant. In the past, she has worked in the local newspaper business and has taught journalism modules at undergraduate level. She doesn't 'do' Facebook but you can follow her at @sarah_bosdiccia.


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