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Facebook fails to tackle election disinformation ads ahead of tense Brazilian election; according to investigation

“Facebook’s self-proclaimed efforts to safeguard election integrity in Brazil appear to be failing, as our new investigation uncovers.  Our investigation finds that Facebook appallingly failed to detect election-related disinformation in ads  in the run-up to the Brazilian election on 2 October 2022. Tensions are high in Brazil, with the growing threat of disinformation – that […]

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Brazilian police seek to identify killers of journalist Luiz Carlos Gomes

"The Rio de Janeiro police are listening to witnesses to identify the killers and find out the motive for the execution of businessman and journalist Luiz Carlos Gomes on Aug. 12 in Italva, in the northwest section of Rio de Janeiro. The agents are going over images from security cameras installed in the region. Gomes […]

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Brazil: 5 involved in murder of journalist Dom Phillips arrested; mastermind is Colombian national, leader of illegal fishing ring, authorities say

"The famous case of the death of British journalist Dom Phillips and Brazilian Indigenous activist Bruno Araújo, which occurred last June in the Brazilian Amazon, has begun to be clarified. According to local authorities, the mastermind is a Colombian citizen who used false documents in that country. The identity of the accused mastermind of the […]

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Google selects 16 Brazilian news outlets for journalism startup accelerator program

"Google announced the 16 news companies selected to participate in the second edition of GNI Startups Lab, the acceleration program focused on journalism and developed by the company in partnership with Ajor and Echos, desirable futures lab. In its second Brazilian edition, the program proposes to help start-ups in the news industry to innovate and […]

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Brazilian Government failed to comply with IACHR precautionary measures in the case of Bruno and Dom

"The Brazilian Association of Investigative Journalism (Abraji, by its Portuguese acronym), together with other organizations for the defense of Indigenous peoples and press freedom, which denounced to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) the murders of Indigenous activist Bruno Pereira and British journalist Dom Philips, in the Amazon, said once again there are problems […]

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Brazilian public bank Caixa Econômica Federal uses advertising to censor media

"Imagine the page of a news outlet that, a little more than two months before the election for president of the Republic, cannot mention the names of 'Jair Bolsonaro' and 'Lula,' the main candidates for office. [...] These words and dozens of others, totaling 239 terms, are on a list of expressions prohibited by Caixa […]

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'Covering a lawless land': Brazilian journalists on reporting in the Amazon after Dom Phillips’ and Bruno Pereira’s killings

"The June murders of British journalist Dom Phillips and Indigenous issues expert Bruno Pereira, whom police suspect were killed by people with ties to illegal fishing in the Amazon, amounted to a 'nightmare' come true, Brazilian journalist Daniel Camargos, who often covers the Amazon, told CPJ in a phone interview. [...] To learn more about […]

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Brazilian program launches video tracing the path journalist Dom Phillips followed to his death

"Abraji's Tim Lopes program launched on Friday, July 22, 2022, a detailed video about the journey and last moments in life of journalist Dom Phillips and indigenist Bruno Araújo, who were chased and killed while crossing a river to Atalaia do Norte, [in Amazonas state, in Brazil]. Charged and arrested for the double murder, three […]

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Brazil: Amazônia Real website is censored by Amazonas Justice

"An Amazonas Court censored a feature story by Amazônia Real, forcing the agency to take it down under penalty of a fine. Published on May 14, 2021, the story 'Amazon Immersion yacht had no authorization', written by journalist Leanderson Lima, pointed out the names of the boat owners. In April of last year, in the […]

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Brazil: Reporter is threatened by armed man during a live transmission

"Daniela Carla, a reporter for TV Gazeta, a TV Globo affiliate in Espírito Santo, Brazil, was threatened by an armed man during a live transmission. The fact happened during the morning show 'Bom Dia Espírito Santo.' The story was about shootings in the hills of Vitória, the state capital. While transmitting the news, Daniela suddenly […]