23 Jun 2011


Only in the first half of last year, Google was forced by the Brazilian authorities to close down 398 newspaper articles. It was world’s record for that period. It’s the double of the second of the list, Libya. Those data is from the report of the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), released on 15 February, in Sao Paulo. Moreover, in the final days of the presidential race, judges issued 21 orders of censure, says a survey of the Knight Center for Journalism, Texas (USA). Many news agencies have also been fined or had to remove content.

"This picture shows that the censorship and self-censorship that comes along, reaching high levels, are very serious in Brazil," summarised Carlos Lauria, CPJ coordinator, who came to Brazil to present the survey “Attacks on the Press” in 2010. He handed out yet another smaller text on the situation in Latin America, in a meeting promoted by the Brazilian Association for Investigative Journalism (Abraji). "Our surveys show that 44 journalists were killed on duty and 145 prisoners around the world last year,".

Censorship at the one of the Brazil's biggest journal “O Estado de São Paulo”, now has reached almost 600 days and it is the highlight of the opening survey about the continent. "It is astonishing that in a country like Brazil, a major newspaper is banned from reporting about a major scandal involving political figures (in this case, the President of the Senate of Brazil - and ex-President of Brazil José Sarney, who demanded this censorship). I can not imagine the Washington Post being forbidden to publish anything about a former American president," said him. Lauria went to Brasilia, the capital of Brazil, where he met with officials of the “Planalto” (the Congress), the Secretariat of Communications and with Human Rights representatives. The agenda included a visit to the Supreme Court (STF).

This information was extracted from the newspaper “O Estado de São Paulo”.
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