Arcanjo Antonino Lopes do Nascimento, known as Tim Lopes, (
Pelotas, 18 November 1950— Rio de Janeiro, June 2 2002) was a Brazilian journalist and a producer for Rede Globosince 1996.
On June 2, 2002, Lopes was murdered in way of
necklacingby drug dealers in Rio de Janeiro while producing a story in Vila Cruzeiro, a favelain the Penha suburb of Rio de Janeiro.
Using a hidden camera, Lopes recorded images of a "
baile funk" (funk dance party) promoted by drug dealers after allegations arose that there was child prostitutionand narcotics dealing occurring at the "baile". He was also attempting to verify information that drug dealers had constructed a playground at one of the favela entrances in order to make it difficult for the police to gain entrance.
It is alleged that drug dealers held a mock trial for Lopes
in absentiaand approved a death sentence. Lopes' body was dismembered and burnedin an attempt to destroy any evidence.
There has been speculation that the murder was revenge for a story produced by
TV Globoin 2001 that resulted in many drug dealers being arrested. Another hypothesis is that Lopes was thought to be a police officeror a police informant.
In 2001, Lopes and his team received the
Prêmio Essofor the story “Feirão das Drogas”, in which he used hidden cameras to document the illegal drug tradein Complexo do Alemão.
Lopes twice received the
Prêmio Abril de Jornalismofor the stories “Tricolor de Coração” and “Amizade sem Limite”, both published in Placarmagazine.
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