William Bonner and Renata Vasconcelos. Photo: TV Globo

Brazil: Police summon two TV Globo journalists for alleged breach of a gag order

"The Civil Police of Rio de Janeiro summoned the anchors William Bonner and Renata Vasconcellos, from TV Globo’s (newscast) “Jornal Nacional,” to testify for the alleged crime of disobedience of the judicial decision in relation to publications involving the investigation of 'rachadinhas' (an illegal scheme in which employees of representatives’ offices shared their salaries with […]

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Justice rejects deputy’s censorship request against Brazilian fact-checking site Aos Fatos

“Judge Marília de Ávila e Silva Sampaio, of the 6th Special Civil Court of Brasilia, this Monday (November 30) dismissed the request for censorship in an action filed by federal deputy Bia Kicis (PSL-DF) against Aos Fatos. In addition to the retraction, the congresswoman demanded to remove from the air the report ‘Quoted for Health, […]

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Brazilian journalist among nominees for 2020 Press Freedom Awards from RSF

“'The RSF Press Freedom Awards are designed to honour journalists who – by their courage or independence or the impact of their investigations and reporting – particularly embody the ideals of journalism that we defend,' RSF secretary-general Christophe Deloire said." Brazilian investigative journalist Cecilia Olliveira "writes about public security issues, the drug trade and the […]

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FENAJ laments murder of another journalist in Brazil

"The National Federation of Journalists (FENAJ, for its acronym in Portuguese) expresses deep regret at the death of journalist Edney Menezes, 44, in the city of Peixoto de Azevedo, state of Mato Grosso. He was murdered on Sunday night, [Nov.] 15, when he was inside his car, at the intersection of Rua Getúlio Vargas and […]

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Brazil: Independent journalism organizations monitor violence during municipal elections

"Independent journalism initiatives in Brazil will monitor and map cases of violence in municipal elections in the country that take place on Nov. 15 and 29 (first and second rounds). They are: Agência Pública, Agência Saiba Mais, Amazônia Real, Gênero e Número, Marco Zero, Plural, Ponte Jornalismo, Portal Catarinas and Projeto #Colabora. Voters from all […]

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Media outlets in the interior of Brazil report tensions during electoral coverage

"Four days before the first round of municipal elections [in Brazil], Abraji has been receiving reports of tensions between the local press and politicians. The newspaper Gazeta de Limeira, which is 89-years-old and covers five cities in the interior of São Paulo, says its professionals are being prevented from following press conferences from the city […]

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Brazilian prosecutor sues and encourages actions against fact-checking agency

"Federal prosecutor Ailton Benedito, former secretary of Human Rights and Collective Defense of the Federal Public Ministry (MPF), announced on his social networks that he is suing the fact-checking agency Aos Fatos. Ailton, who declares himself to be conservative and is aligned with Bolsonaro, was pointed out by the fact-checking site as one of the […]

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Journalists report assaults at government press conference in Amazonas, Brazil

"Last Thursday (Oct. 29), Manaus was the scene of another episode of aggression against press freedom in Brazil. What was supposed to be a press conference by the deputy governor of Amazonas, Carlos Almeida Filho (PTB), was converted into a speech and assaults by Military Police Sergeant Michele Welche Silva Lobo against journalists Rosiene Carvalho, […]