Radio host denounces censorship and political interference in Teresina, Brazil

"Marco Aurélio de Morais Siqueira was a radio host at FM Cultura in Teresina, Brazil, for 23 years. He presented the Usina do Som program, which aired Monday to Friday, 5 pm to 6 pm. About a month ago, he was removed by force from his place of work for the municipality's Finance Department. According to him, the removal was due to some comments he made during his programs. In particular, in relation to his criticism of the Federal Government and the privatization of Petrobras and Eletrobras. We contacted the municipality's Communications Department, which, through a statement, said that the 'Teresina City Hall has no comment on the matter.'

In an interview with Ocorre Diário, Morais Siqueira explained how it all happened. According to him, in February of this year he was told by the broadcaster not to make political comments during his program. This directive, for the speaker, violates important rights such as freedom of expression, the public interest in professional practice and the population's right to information. 'I believe the information I gave on air about the privatizations of Petrobras and Eletrobras must, in fact, be the reason for my absurd and authoritarian removal,' he said."

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