Serious attacks on journalists in Brazil doubled in 2022

  • Source: Abraji
  • March 30, 2023

"Attacks against journalists [in Brazil] grew 23 percent in 2022, reaching 557 episodes. In 41.6 percent of the cases, at least one member of the Bolsonaro family was involved. These are some of the data revealed by the Brazilian Association of Investigative Journalism (Abraji, by its Portuguese acronym) in its annual report on two systematic trackings  carried out by the organization: General violence and gender violence against journalists. The publication brings together analyses and recommendations focused on the freedom and safety of the Brazilian press in 2022. The data expose a worrisome scenario, marked by the escalation of attacks, especially those carried out with more violence.

The report 'Monitoring attacks on journalists in Brazil' was launched this Wednesday [March 29, 2023] at an event in São Paulo, at the Monte Alegre Campus of the Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo (PUC-SP), promoted by Abraji in partnership with the university's Journalism degree program and with the support of the British Embassy. The document is available in Portuguese, Spanish and English.

In total, 557 aggressions against journalists, photojournalists, content producers, directors or editors of communication companies, press and media workers were recorded. In 145 cases, the aggressions showed explicit traces of gender-based violence and/or victimized women journalists. Stigmatizing speech, a form of verbal violence that seeks to undermine the credibility of professionals and the media, is the most common form of attack, with 61.2 percent of alerts in 2022."

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