Journalists protest criminal coverage restrictions in northeast Brazil

Journalists in Campina Grande, the capital of the northeastern Brazilian state of Paraíba, marched May 17 against the local government for data restrictions adopted by the police and the Institute of Forensic Medicine, PB Agora reports.

Many journalists in the city say they are dealing with a “kind of censorship” because police press officials now refuse to give out information, PB1 explains.

Our right to freedom of thought is under attack,” said journalist Arquimedes de Castro, quoted by Expresso PB.

Reporter Carlos Sousa also criticized the hypocrisy of the police for refusing to release information about violent crimes, while holding press conferences to announce positive developments, Paraíba Online adds.

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.