In Brazil, Abraji resorts to the Federal Supreme Court to request protection for journalists in cases of judicial harassment

  • Source: Abraji
  • December 22, 2021

"The Brazilian Association of Investigative Journalism (Abraji, by it's Portuguese acronym) presented before the Federal Supreme Court, on Dec. 17, 2021, a Direct Action of Unconstitutionality (ADI) requesting greater protection in cases of judicial harassment against journalists, a coordinated practice of a spray of trials against the same target, in order to intimidate journalists. The action aims to prevent the Special Civil Courts (JEC) from being used to persecute journalists and communicators.

Using the interpretation technique in accordance with the Constitution, Abraji requests that, whenever a situation of judicial harassment arises, serial cases be collected and tried in the district of residence of the accused, that is, of the journalist or communicator. Through this, the professional will be able to avoid incurring excessive expenses in his or her defense in JEC courts located in different parts of the country.”

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