Judicial harassment against journalists worsens in Brazil

  • Source: piauí
  • April 18, 2024

"Among the almost 6,000 ongoing cases in Brazil that deal with freedom of expression, there are 654 actions against journalists that can be characterized as judicial harassment. The information is part of a survey carried out on Brazilian courts by the Brazilian Association of Investigative Journalism (Abraji, for its acronym in Portuguese), obtained exclusively by reporter Allan de Abreu and published in this edition of piauí.

'Judicial harassment against journalism is not limited to isolated cases. It's something systematic, which can't even be avoided by a reporter with the use of rigorous techniques in investigating a fact,' says Letícia Sarmento Kleim, legal assistant at Abraji. The situation worsened after 2019, with the inauguration of Jair Bolsonaro: of the 654 cases classified as harassment, 434 are less than five years old."


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