Brazil: Courts Ban Newspaper from Reporting Corruption

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Courts uphold prior censorship of Brazilian newspaper, which cannot report on political controversy since 2009 | Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas

Judges from the Brazilian capital decided on Wednesday, May 22, to uphold an order to censor newspaper Estado de S. Paulo, which continues to be unable to publish news stories about a police operation that involved relatives of prominent politician José Sarney, reported the newspaper.

In 2009, Judge Dácio Vieira ruled in favor of businessman Fernando Sarney — Senator José Sarney’s son — who asked to prevent the newspaper from reporting on the “Boi Barrica operation,” in which he was being investigated. The judge said the proceedings of the case were to remain outside the public domain.

Various organizations publicly opposed the prior censorship of the newspaper. Paula Martins, director of Article 19 in South America, said the judges’ decision was “absolutely disproportional” and “completely ignores the intrinsically public character of the topic being discussed: the possible acts of illegality and corruption.”

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