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November 7, 2014

Brazil: Journalists’ safety and media ownership – two challenges for Rousseff

Freedom of information has made important progress in Brazil during the past 12 years under President Lula da Silva and (since 2011) his successor Dilma Rousseff, who was reelected on 26 October, winning a fourth consecutive term for the Workers’ Party (PT), but much remains to be done. Reporters Without Borders takes this opportunity to highlight the two major challenges facing the government in the years ahead as regards freedom of information – journalists’ safety and a skewed media... MORE
October 2, 2014

Brazil: Court rules journalist’s blindness from rubber bullet his own fault

The Court of Justice of the State of São Paulo has reversed the earlier decision to award compensation to Brazilian photographer Alexandro Wagner Oliveira da Silveira , known as Alex Silva . The compensation was awarded for medical bills and damages after the photographer lost the sight of his left eye due to being shot with a rubber bullet by troops from the Military Police while covering a popular demonstration in the capital São Paulo in 2000. The judge, Vicente de Abreu Amadei, who... MORE
July 22, 2014

IPI urges Brazil to implement journalist safety measures

The International Press Institute (IPI) on Monday urged Brazil to implement safety measures for journalists amid reports that at least 36 were attacked between June 12 and July 13 while covering protests against the World Cup. The Brazilian Association of Investigative Journalists (ABRAJI) told IPI that almost 90 percent of the attacks – which included 17 more cases of aggression against or detention of journalists after IPI first reported on the issue on June 23 – were led by local police... MORE
June 24, 2014

As World Cup continues, so do attacks against press in Brazil

The International Press Institute (IPI) Monday called on the Brazilian government to implement measures approved by the country’s Human Rights Secretariat to promote the safety of journalists covering protests currently taking place in various cities across Brazil. Nineteen Brazilian and international journalists were attacked in Brazil between June 12, the day the ongoing World Cup began, and June 23, according to ABRAJI, the Brazilian Association of Investigative Journalism. By ABRAJI’s point... MORE
June 11, 2014

Journalists under threat as protests grip Brazil

Protests are spreading across Brazil’s major cities as the country readies itself for the beginning of the World Cup on the 12 June. In the wake of last year’s violent clashes, there are growing concerns for the safety of journalists as tensions continue to escalate. Since Brazil won the right to host the competition, the country’s security forces have been locked in a drawn-out battle to reduce crime and quell protests as they seek to protect visiting fans and maintain the country’s rosy image... MORE
March 23, 2014

Brazil:HR Secretariat proposes actions to increase safety of journalists

The Chief of the Human Rights Secretariat of the Presidency (Secretaria de Direitos Humanos da Presidência da República, or SDH), Maria do Rosário , has made proposals to increase the safety of journalists. The recommendations thatwere made on March 11 are part of a working group's final report on violence against media professionals, a group that was created in 2013 by the Human Rights Secretariat, of which the Brazilian Association for Investigative Journalism (Abraji) has been a part... MORE
February 15, 2014

Newspaper owner gunned down in Brazil

The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the murder Thursday night of Brazilian journalist Pedro Palma and calls on authorities to fully investigate the crime and bring those responsible to justice. Palma was gunned down by two unidentified men on a motorcycle outside his home in Miguel Pereira, a suburb to the south of Rio de Janeiro, and died at the scene, according to news reports. Palma was the owner of the local weekly newspaper Panorama Regional , which was circulated in several... MORE
February 8, 2014

Brazilian journalist in coma after being attacked

Brazilian authorities must immediately investigate an attack on a journalist who was injured covering a protest in Rio de Janeiro on Thursday, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Santiago Ilídio Andrade is in a coma after being hit in the head with an explosive device, according to news reports. Andrade, cameraman for the television network Bandeirantes , was filming a confrontation between police officers and demonstrators protesting a public transportation fare hike when the... MORE
February 7, 2014

CPJ welcomes convictions in Brazilian journalist's murder

The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes two convictions on Tuesday in the 2012 murder of Brazilian political journalist and blogger Décio Sá and calls on authorities to ensure everyone involved in the crime is brought to justice. Jhonatan de Sousa Silva, who confessed to being the gunman, was sentenced to 25 years and three months in jail, according to news reports. Marcos Bruno Oliveira, who claimed he was innocent, was sentenced to 18 years and three months on charges of transporting... MORE
July 26, 2011

Journalist gunned down in Brazil

Auro Ida, a renowned political journalist in the west-central state of Mato Grosso and editor of the Midianews website, was gunned down in Cuiabá, the state capital, on July 22, becoming the fourth journalist to be murdered in Brazil since the start of the year. Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) offered its condolences to his family and colleagues, and called on the police and judicial authorities, who are working on the theory of a crime of passion, not to rule... MORE