"The [Brazilian] Federal Supreme Court (STF, for its acronym in Portuguese) decided on Thursday [June 10] that the government should grant compensation to photographer Alex Silveira, who lost his sight after being hit by a rubber bullet while participating in the news coverage of a protest in São Paulo Paulo, in 2000.
The understanding follows the vote of the rapporteur of the case and dean of the Supreme Court, Minister Marco Aurélio Mello. For him, blaming the press professional for the incident hurts the profession and endorses the disproportionate action of security forces.
The appeal has general repercussions, that is, the decision must be followed in similar cases. One of them is that of photographer Sérgio Silva, who lost an eye covering a protest in 2013."