Brazil's Attorney General calls for more rigorous investigations of crimes against journalists

By Isabela Fraga

Brazil's National Council of the Attorney General's office approved on June 26 a proposal with recommendations for investigations of crimes against journalists to be thorough, fast, and high-priority, reported the newspaper Estado de S. Paulo.

The recommendation, however, will be put into practice in accordance with existing Brazilian laws and priorities, explained the journal Consultor Jurídico. According to the proposal's author Almino Afonso, violence against journalists impacts not just the press, but society in general.

In the proposal of recommendations, initially presented before the Attorney General's office on May 15, Afonso said that the objective is to "defend freedom of expression" for everyone. The recommendations also refer to the increase in violence against journalists and intolerance toward the press 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.