Brazilian magazine loses lawsuit after publishing report linking Muslims with terrorism

The Brazilian magazine Veja and publishing company Editora Abril were sentenced to publish a sort of retraction after reports that linked Islam to terrorism, according to Última Instância.

The lawsuit was brought by the National Union of Islamic Entities of Brazil. The group launched an online campaignto collect 5,000 signatures to sue the magazine over the report "The Terror Network in Brazil," which was published April 6.

Veja said the report was based on CIA, FBI, Interpol, and Brazilian federal police documents that acknowledge supposed Islamic extremists in Brazil. The magazine also said these extremists were using Brazil as a base for operations and recruiting militants.

The Islamic group published on its website the judicial decision giving them the right of reply, and allotting them the same amount of space as the original report occupied, with the goal of "decoupling the idea of terrorism with the faith professed by Muslims."

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.