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Brazil: Supreme Federal Court rules the press can be held liable for interviewee's false accusation

"Today [Nov. 29], the plenary of Brazil's Supreme Federal Court (STF, for its acronym in Portuguese) created a precedent that establishes criteria allowing press outlets to be held responsible for statements made by interviewees that falsely attribute crimes to third parties. The punishment, according to the court, will only take place in cases of 'concrete […]

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Red Voces del Sur rejects conviction of Brazilian journalist Schirlei Alves

"Freedom of expression and of the press have once again been attacked in the region, with the use of the judicial system as a tool for harassment and persecution. On this occasion, journalist Schirlei Alves was sentenced by Judge Andrea Rodrigues Studer, head of the 5th Criminal Court of Florianópolis, to one year in prison […]

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Canadian photojournalist and crew attacked by gunmen while filming documentary in Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil

A group consisting of Canadian photojournalist Renaud Philippe, Brazilian anthropologist Ana Carolina Mira Porto and forestry engineer Renato Farac Galata were attacked by a group of hooded gunmen while filming a documentary near an indigenous community in Iguatemi, about 300 miles from Campo Grande, in Mato Grosso do Sul, reported the Campo Grande News website. […]

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Projects from Argentina, Brazil and Cuba are recognized with the Roche Health Journalism Award 2023

"Media outlets from Argentina, Brazil and Cuba were awarded during the 11th edition of the Roche Health Journalism Award in the categories of written journalism, audiovisual journalism and daily coverage. The awards were delivered in Panama City [on Nov. 16, 2023]. […] 'Partos rotos' [Broken births], published by partoscuba.info from Cuba, which describes obstetric violence […]

Zileide Silva is main recipient of award celebrating Black journalists in Brazilian press

"In an atmosphere of celebration, relaxation and joy, the +Admired Black Journalists of the Brazilian Press were honored in São Paulo on Monday night (Nov. 13). In its first edition, the initiative organized by Jornalistas&Cia/Portal dos Jornalistas, 1 Papo Reto, Neo Mondo, and Rede JP recognized the professionals and news outlets that have stood out […]

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Former Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro pays fine of almost US $15,000 to Journalists Union

"Former [Brazilian] President Jair Bolsonaro paid this Monday [Nov. 14] a fine of R $72,551.74 [about US $15,000] to the Union of Professional Journalists of the State of São Paulo. The fine is related to a judicial action. 'Justice understood that I should be condemned because, during my term in office, I attacked the image […]

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Brazilian state court sentences journalist from influencer case to house arrest

"Judge Andrea Cristina Rodrigues Studer, of the 5th Criminal Court of the District of Florianópolis [Brazil], sentenced journalist Schirlei Alves, author of stories on the case of influencer Mariana Ferrer, published on the Intercept Brasil website, to six months of house arrest. She also set a fine equivalent to 20 days, quantified at 1/30th of […]

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Brazil: Former police officer accused of taking part in death of journalist Donizetti Adalto in 1998 arrested

Former civil police officer João Evangelista de Meneses, accused of taking part in the death of journalist Donizetti Adalto, was arrested on Friday (Nov. 10) on suspicion of drug trafficking. According to police chief Samuel Silveira, Evangelista de Meneses and his girlfriend were selling drugs from their home. Crack and cash were seized. (...) Journalist […]

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Brazil: Ministry of Justice launches reporting channel for Observatory of Violence against Journalists and Communicators

"On Tuesday [Oct. 31], [Brazil's] Ministry of Justice and Public Security (MJSP, for its acronym in Portuguese) launched an exclusive channel for reporting violence against journalists and communicators in the exercise of their profession. The records will be received by the Observatory of Violence against Journalists and Social Communicators, which is coordinated by the National […]

Brazil: Journalist says she was fired from Record channel after reporting harassment by director

"Rhiza Castro, a former Record News presenter, recorded a video in which she revealed that she had been harassed by a director at the station. The journalist said that two days after making the complaint to HR, she ended up being dismissed from the company. According to her, the director is married and his wife […]