Brazil’s incoming president says she opposes controls on the media

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  • December 9, 2010

By Maira Magro

President-elect Dilma Rousseff said the only control on the media should be a TV's “remote control,” O Estado de S. Paulo reports. The remarks were seen as a signal that Rousseff would not send a media bill to congress with provisions that regulate radio and TV content.

The president-elect will eventually chose whether to send to congress the telecommunications bill currently being prepared by current President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva's administration, which includes provisions for fining broadcasters over content that is considered offensive, prejudiced, or inappropriate for the hour it is aired.

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.