Brazilian blogger uses social networks to dodge court-ordered censorship

Journalist Esmael Morais, whose blog was taken down by the courts at the request of Paraná state governor Beto Richa, has launched a column that will be published via Facebook and Twitter, Blog do Miro reports.

Morais wants the column to be reproduced on Brazilian blogs and news sites to make censoring the stories more difficult. Beyond publishing it on social networks, interested parties can receive the texts via email (esmaelmorais@hotmail.com).

In his first column, titled “A dark age,” the journalist criticized the “judicialization of censorship” and said that the powerful are trying to silence the blogosphere. “I believe that if there is not an online response, we will return to a dark age, in which freedom of expression will not be allowed,” he wrote.

Morais' column echoes complaints made by international organizations that have criticized the use of lawsuits and courts orders in Brazil to impose censorship and silence journalists.

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Note from the editor: This story was originally published by the Knight Center’s blog Journalism in the Americas, the predecessor of LatAm Journalism Review.