Court overturns prison sentence against Brazilian community radio owner

By Isabela Fraga

The owner of a Brazilian community radio station in the city of Ilha das Flores (in the state of Sergipe) was absolved by a regional court after being sentenced to two-and-a-half years in jail for operating the radio station without authorization from the National Telecommunications Agency, reported the Attorney General's website.

The journalist's sentence was overturned after the owner of radio station Rádio Comunitária FM, José Eduardo Rocha Santos, appealed his criminal conviction, reported the news site SE Notícias.

In a release about the case, the prosecutor's office said that low power and short-range broadcasting is not a criminal offense.

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.