Brazilian TV station under investigation for airing confidential recordings

Brazil’s federal police are investigating TV Tem, a Rede Globo affiliate in the city of São José do Rio Preto, for allegedly broadcasting confidential police recordings, Folha de S. Paulo reports.

The station aired a story in which it played telephone recordings taken during the so-called Tamburutaca Operation, a federal investigation into corruption in the São José do Rio Preto government. As the investigation is ongoing, the recordings are considered confidential.

Previously, Diário de Região journalist Allan de Abreu and editor Fabrício Carareto were charged for the same reason.

Critics of the charges include the National Association of Journalists, the Brazilian Press Association, and the Brazilian Association for Investigative Journalism, who say the police are clearly trying to hinder the work of the media.

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.