Brazilian lawmaker sues journalist for reporting on alleged payments for favorable coverage

“Federal Deputy Julia Zanatta has filed civil and criminal lawsuits against journalist Amanda Miranda, who published a report showing the parliamentarian allegedly paid R $5,000 (US $912) to a newspaper in Tijucas [Santa Catarina, Brazil], which allegedly publishes only favorable news about the Bolsonaro supporter.

The invoice cites ‘creation and distribution of content for the purpose of promoting parliamentary activity,’ treating journalistic content as if it were advertising.

The actions against Amanda Miranda refer to a ‘tweet’ in which the journalist shows, via the Transparency Portal of the [Brazilian] Chamber of Deputies, that the office of Bolsonaro supporter Julia Zanatta allegedly requested favorable articles in the publication. The invoice was issued November 8, 2023.

Amanda runs the newsletter ‘Passando a Limpo,’ whose content is re-published on the ICL Notícias portal.”

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