Hundreds of foreign journalists cover Brazilian elections

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  • October 2, 2010

By Maira Magro

Some 250 foreign correspondents have descended on Brazil to cover the presidential election Oct. 3, reported O Globo.

The newspaper cites the fact that Dilma Rousseff of the Workers Party, could be the first woman elected president as one of the reasons for the foreign press's interest in the election.

Other peculiarities of the Brazilian electoral process also have called the attention of international reporters. This week, various correspondents wrote about the candidacy of the clown Tiririca for federal representative in São Paulo. Even without any political experience, Tiririca could receive the most votes in the country, although his candidacy is at risk if he can't prove he can read and write.

Tiririca made the news in Le Monde of France, in The West Australian of Australia, the Metro Herald in Ireland, and the New Zealand Herald of Nueva Zelandia, in addition to international news agencies.

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.