Exorcising the Ghosts of Brazilís Dictatorship
By Clarinha Glock
PORTO ALEGRE, Jan 31 2013 (IPS) - At 8 a.m. on Oct. 25, 1975, Brazilian journalist Vladimir Herzog voluntarily reported to the S„o Paulo headquarters of the governmentís intelligence agency and was never seen alive again.
The facilities he had been summoned to were just one of the detention and torture centres that were active during Brazilís last dictatorship.
Herzog was editor-in-chief of the news department at the S„o Paulo-based television network TV Cultura, and had been called in for questioning by the Information Operations Department of the Centre for Internal Defence Operations (DOI-CODI) for his alleged connections to the then-illegal Brazilian Communist Party (PCB).
He died under torture, but his death was made to look like a suicide by the military in an attempt to cover up the murder. A photograph released later showed Herzog hanging in his cell, but in a position that clearly revealed that the militaryís suicide version was a farce.