Brazilian state assembly investigates journalists, news outlets reporting on abortion case

  • Source: CPJ
  • October 26, 2022

“On October 11, Santa Catarina’s state assembly held the first session of a Parliamentarian Commission of Investigation (CPI, by its Portuguese acronym), which is investigating The Intercept Brasil and Portal Catarinas for their joint report, published on June 20, about attempts by members of the state’s legal system to stop an 11-year-old rape survivor from accessing a legal abortion, according to multiple news reports, the Santa Catarina State Assembly website, and the assembly members request for an investigation.

On June 28, Santa Catarina state assembly member Ana Campagnolo filed a petition, co-signed by 21 members of the assembly, asking the CPI to determine how the two news outlets had gained access to leaked information cited in the article, including a video of the hearing in which a prosecutor and the judge question the then 10-year-old and repeatedly try to convince her not to end the pregnancy.”


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