Brazilian union to tour in support of degree requirement for journalists

Brazil’s National Journalism Union (Fenaj) is organizing a caravan to the capital of Brasilia to garner support for a constitutional amendment that would reestablish the requirement for a journalism degree for all members of the profession.

In a press release, Fenaj called on other journalism groups to meet with deputies and senators March 23-25, to consolidate the movement in favor of the degree requirement. On its site, Fenaj has a list of Brazilian senators and their positions on the issue.

“The goal is to…organize a major national movement in support of the [degree requirement], planned for April 7, the day of the journalist,” Fenaj said.

In June 2009, Brazil’s Supreme Court overturned the law requiring a journalism degree. Since then, groups like Fenaj and the Brazilian Newspaper Association (which opposes the amendment) have debated the re-institution of the requirement.

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.