Brazilian candidate blocks publication of election polls

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  • September 27, 2010

By Maira Magro

Beto Richa (PSDB), a candidate for governor of Paraná state won an Electoral Court ruling preventing media outlets from publishing poll results by several media outlets including Vox Popili, commissioned by TV Bandeirantes; Datafolha, commissioned by Folha de S. Paulo; and Ibope, commissioned by RPCTV; Terra and iG report. The polls had not changed their methodology since they originally registered with the Electoral Court.

According to A Gazeta do Povo, fines for publishing the results could be as high as $115,000.

See other rulings that have prevented Brazilian media outlets from publishing or broadcasting news during the 2010 elections on Journalism in the Americas' "Map of Electoral Censorship in Brazil."

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.