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Journalist has cell phone broken by police during operation in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

"An intense shootout in Complexo do Alemão [in Rio de Janeiro], in the area known as Area 5, frightens residents, who report shots since 8 a.m. this Wednesday (01/13). The armored police vehicle (Caveirão) went on towards the region known as Fazendinha and the intense shooting continues. Cinematographic reporter Renato Moura followed the police raid […]

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Investigative site Repórter Brasil targeted by digital attacks demanding removal of reports

"Repórter Brasil has been the target of a series of attacks in the last few days that managed to take its website (reporterbrasil.org.br) offline. Attackers threaten to continue criminal action if reports are not deleted." Read original article (in Portuguese)

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Minister of Justice will ask to open investigation against journalists for column against Bolsonaro

“Minister André Mendonça (Justice and Public Security) said that he will ask the Federal Police to open an investigation into the conduct of columnist Ruy Castro, of newspaper Folha de S.Paulo. He suggested that President Jair Bolsonaro should kill himself in the text "Trump's exit: kill yourself" (for subscribers), published this Sunday (Jan. 10, 2021). […]

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Brazilian court orders The Intercept Brasil, ND+ to modify coverage of court case

"On December 12, Judge Cleni Serly Rauen Vieira, of the Santa Catarina state Court of Justice’s Third Civil Court, ordered independent news websites The Intercept Brasil and ND+, and Schirlei Alves, a freelance journalist who contributed to both outlets, to 'rectify' their reporting on a rape trial, according to news reports and the judge’s decision, […]

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Nieman Lab Predictions for Journalism 2021: In Brazil, a push for pluralism

“The political and public health crises Brazilians faced in 2020 have made journalism stronger. Public agents’ erratic and irresponsible management of efforts against the spread of the coronavirus helped the press claim its role as a key player in defense of people’s lives. When it became clear that trustworthy information was a matter of life […]

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Organizations from Mercosur region ask for end to judicial harassment of journalists

"Organizations that defend journalism in the Mercosur region released a joint note calling for an end to judicial harassment of journalists investigating corruption. In the statement, the Brazilian Association of Investigative Journalism (Abraji, for its acronym in Portuguese), the Forum of Paraguayan Journalists (FOPEP), The Center for Archives and Access to Public Information in Uruguay […]

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Brazil: Judge and prosecutor in the case of influencer Mariana Ferrer sue websites and reporter for moral damages

“Judge Rudson Marcos and prosecutor Thiago Carriço, from Santa Catarina, filed actions for moral damage against journalist Schirlei Alves, from First Look Media, the company that owns The Intercept Brasil, and the publisher Notícias do Dia, from the site Santa Catarina ND+ , which published reports on the case of the influencer Mariana Ferrer. [...] […]

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Swift backlash for Brazil students using Twitter to target misinformation

"[Leonardo de Carvalho] Leal and his girlfriend of six years, Mayara Stelle -- both 22-year-old law students -- this year created a Twitter account with its stated mission to call out Brazilian websites for spreading 'hate speech and Fake News,' and torpedoing those sites’ advertising revenue... They also mustered a legion of enemies. Vitriol poured […]

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Brazil: Agência Pública and Meio launch newsletter series with unpublished behind-the-scenes details of WikiLeaks case

Agência Pública and Canal Meio are launching the newsletter "O ano em que o WikiLeaks mudou o mundo" (The year WikiLeaks changed the world). This is a pop-up newsletter, which ends after a certain number of episodes. The first part of the story is sent when the reader signs up and the rest will be […]

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Forum on Right of Access to Public Information denounces the regression of transparency with Ministry of Health in Brazil

"Eleven civil society organizations that are part of the Right to Access to Public Information Forum - coordinated by Transparency Brasil - published today (Dec. 10, 2020) a technical note with recommendations for improvements in the transparency of the Ministry of Health regarding data about the new coronavirus pandemic. The document will be forwarded to […]