Brazilian court orders journalist Juliana Dal Piva to pay damages to Bolsonaro lawyer

  • Source: CPJ
  • June 21, 2022

“On June 9, São Paulo state Sixth Civil Court Judge Fabio Coimbra Junqueira ruled that Dal Piva’s 2021 publication of a threatening message sent to her by Frederick Wassef, President Jair Bolsonaro’s personal lawyer, was ‘unauthorized,’ and ordered her to pay Wassef 10,000 reals (about US $2,000) in damages, according to news reports, a statement by the Brazilian Association of Investigative Journalism (Abraji), and a copy of the ruling, which CPJ reviewed.

In the same ruling, the court ordered Wassef to pay the same amount to Dal Piva, a journalist with the national online outlet UOL, for damages relating to the “negative repercussion” to her life caused by his allegations about her professional ethics and sexuality in that message.


‘We are very concerned by the recent Brazilian court ruling that ordered journalist Juliana Dal Piva to pay damages to President Bolsonaro’s personal lawyer Frederick Wassef for going public with a threatening message he sent her,” said CPJ’s Latin America and the Caribbean program coordinator, Natalie Southwick, in New York. “This decision sets a dangerous precedent for the Brazilian press, discouraging journalists from reporting threats and fueling the increasing online abuse against women journalists in Brazil.’”

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