Brazil’s Congress wants to revive council that advises on media issues

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  • November 4, 2010

By Maira Magro

Congress is considering reactivating the “Communication Council” to assist and advise lawmakers on matters related to communication, Folha de Sao Paulo reports. It would not serve as an official monitor but would hold a consultative role.

The council, which has only operated from 2002 to 2005, will assist Congress with matters such as freedom of expression, the granting and renewal of broadcast concessions, programming for radio and TV stations, media concentration, promotion of national and regional culture, and advertising of cigarettes, alcoholic drinks, and medicine.

The council is composed of 13 members elected by Congress from a list of persons nominated by entities involved in media. It would consist of four members linked to media businesses, four connected to labor unions, and the remaining five representing civil society.

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.