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Brazilian court in Bahia condemns journalists for criticizing city government

"The judiciary of the state of Bahia criminally condemned journalists Ailton São Paulo and Alana Rocha, who were exercising their profession. The action was filed by Daniela Cordeiro Nascimento, Guilherme Souza Tomasi and Ivina Adina Cordeiro Nascimento, who argued that they were victims of defamation for speeches made by presenters during the Gazeta Alerta program […]

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Violence against journalists in Brazil fell in 2023, but judicial restrictions a concern, says FENAJ

"After unprecedented growth in recent years, the number of cases of violence against journalists fell again in 2023. The report Violence Against Journalists and Press Freedom in Brazil by the National Federation of Journalists (FENAJ, for its acronym in Portuguese) shows that, last year, 181 cases were recorded, which represents a drop of 51.86% compared […]

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Brazilian Federal Police arrest another suspect in killings of English journalist Dom Phillips and Indigenous expert Bruno Pereira

"The [Brazilian] Federal Police arrested Jânio Freitas de Souza this Thursday (Jan. 18). He is considered the right-hand man of Ruben Dário da Silva Villar, known as 'Colombia,' who is accused of the murders of Indigenous expert Bruno Pereira and English journalist Dom Phillips. Bruno and Dom were killed in 2022, in Vale do Javari, […]

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Brazil: Court orders Agência Pública to take down two more pieces about politician

"Four months ago, Agência Pública was forced by the Court to remove from its site a report published in June 2023 about the president of the [Brazilian] Chamber of Deputies Arthur Lira. Now, in a new attack from the deputy's defense, the Court forced two more pieces of content that echoed the report to be […]

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Journalist critical of Israel is investigated in Brazil; press association reacts

"The ABI (Brazilian Press Association, for its acronym in Portuguese) issued a statement this Saturday (Dec. 30) classifying as intimidation an investigation opened by the PF (Federal Police) against journalist Breno Altman for criticizing Israel. The investigation into Altman, who is an editor of the site Opera Mundi, was revealed by Brasil 247. The journalist […]

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Special Rapporteur expresses concern regarding criminal conviction against Brazilian journalist

"The Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) expresses its concern over the sentences that condemned Brazilian journalist Schirlei Alves to prison and payment of civil damages for defamation, after publishing a report critical of judicial action in a case of sexual violence in Brazil. The Special Rapporteur […]

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Man sentenced to 12 years in prison for death of Brazilian cameraman

"Craftsman Caio Silva de Souza, accused of having lit the firecracker that caused the death of [Brazilian] cameraman Santiago Andrade in 2014, was sentenced to 12 years in prison, but could be eligible for house arrest later. Despite the penalty, the decision was celebrated by the defense. 'They always trusted the decision of the jurors […]

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Brazilian government launches action plan to implement IACHR measures in case of Dom Phillips murder

"In compliance with precautionary measure 449/22, issued by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) in July of this year, the Ministry of Human Rights and Citizenship [of Brazil] will hold a high-level meeting next Monday (Dec. 11), in Brasilia, with the presence of the international body, to present the action plan with the aim […]

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Death threats against Brazilian journalist revealed during police operation against smuggling

"An operation by the Federal Police [of Brazil] carried out this Tuesday (Dec. 5) and focused on combating grain smuggling on the border between Rio Grande do Sul and Argentina, resulted in the arrest of two suspects who planned to murder RBS reporter Giovani Grizotti TV. Interceptions of messages between those investigated revealed details of […]

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Brazil: Soccer team coach loses lawsuit and will have to compensate journalist who called him a 'colonizer'

"Abel Ferreira, coach of [soccer team] Palmeiras, has suffered an off-the-field defeat. The São Paulo State Court of Justice rejected a claim for moral damages filed by the coach against journalist Mauro Cezar Pereira for comments made on Rádio Jovem Pan. Judge Renata Martins de Carvalho's decision was released on Saturday [Nov. 25]. Ferreira, who […]