This project is an unprecedented partnership among G1 (TV Globo’s news portal), the Center for the Study of Violence at University of São Paulo (the largest university in Brazil) and the Brazilian Forum of Public Security (one of the most respected public security NGOs in Brazil). It focus on discussing violence in the country. It is a project that touches everyone and, therefore, it is aimed at the entire population. To make it possible, G1 staff reporters all over Brazil kept track of violent deaths through the course of one week. Most of these are crimes that generally become forgotten – cases of homicides, robberies, feminicides, deaths by police intervention, and suicides.There were 1,195 deaths in this period — one every 8 minutes on average. All these stories have been cleared and written by more than 230 journalists spread throughout Brazil and comprise all the reported cases of deaths from August 21st to 27nd. The result shows a violent country in which a man’s life may cost R$ 20; where couples’ arguments end in tragedies; and where executions became a banality. This is a small sample — compared to the 60,000 annual homicide rate — but it represents a picture of the violence in Brazil. The project aims at showing the faces of the victims; trying to understand the causes of this epidemic of deaths, and at following, in this microcosm, the developments in each case. As a first step, a news piece was written for each one of the violent deaths. An interactive map, complete with search filters, showed the locations of the crimes as well as the victim’s photos. In addition, experts were invited to examine the data, which resulted in two published texts analyzing the problem, along with a Q&A. The second step was a collective and collaborative effort to find the names of unidentified people. A campaign was launched, including on line news, TV and social media, so that people could help identify many of the victims. A Facebook group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/monitordaviolencia/) was created as a third step. G1 had never used this tool before, but we felt it was needed to discuss the project and other subjects related to violence, human rights and justice. The forth and most recent step was to show, two and a half months after the deaths, the progress of each of the inquiries. A new collective effort involving the more than 230 journalists resulted in an exclusive and revealing work. New filters were applied to the map (as were the status of each investigation), and new conjectural analysis were published by our partners. It is a living project: texts are updated as new information is discovered. And audacious: the idea is to shed light on the serious security problem and help reduce the number of violent deaths in the country.
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