Brazil: Press freedom organizations call on authorities to investigate more than 60 attacks on journalists

  • Source: Abraji
  • November 29, 2022

"Faced with the exponential growth of aggressions and threats to journalists covering anti-democratic demonstrations [protesting the results of the past presidential elections in Brazil] throughout the country, national press entities have called on local authorities to demand more security and investigate who's behind the attacks. The petitions were signed by Abraji (Brazilian Association of Investigative Journalism, by its Portuguese acronym), Fenaj (National Federation of Journalists) and the Tornavoz Institute, which provide legal support for the full exercise of press freedom.

The documents are being sent to local and regional authorities in all the states where attacks were registered, such as the Public Prosecutor's Office, the State Public Security Secretariat and the Regional Superintendence of the Federal Police. 54 letters were sent to 18 states. Since the end of last year, Abraji and other organizations have been warning of the growth of political violence, enhanced by the radicalized discourse of the elections.


A study carried out by Abraji, in partnership with Fenaj, shows that since Oct. 30, when election results were announced, there were 64 episodes of physical aggression, death threats, expulsion of personnel from public places where protests were being held, and even an attempt to shoot at the editorial staff of the Rondônia Ao Vivo site, in Porto Velho."

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