Brazil: Campaign Threatens Journos, Spreads Fake News

Brazil's presidential election is being marred by disinformation and attacks on the press by supporters of far-right candidate and poll leader Jair Bolsonaro. Facebook has shut down over 100,000 WhatsApp accounts for spreading conspiracy theories about Bolsonaro’s opponent, leftist candidate Fernando Haddad. Journalists reporting on the misinformation campaign are being threatened and attacked by Bolsonaro supporters, while reporters for a major media company that supports him are being censored.

Source: Vox

Posted on: October 27, 2018

Journalist Accused of Terrorism for Reporting

Brazilian journalist Felipe Oliveira has been accused of promoting terrorism after infiltrating a group of sympathizers of the Islamic State as part of a journalistic investigation. The Brazilian Association of Investigative Journalism (Abraji) reported that a judge accepted a complaint by the Federal Public Prosecutor's Office in Paraná in February 2018. In early 2016, Oliveira entered a virtual forum using a code name to investigate methods of the IS to recruit young people in Europe. He then began to communicate with members of Brazilian groups sympathetic to the IS. The investigation resulted in 2016 reports for Folha de S Paulo and for TV Globo's Fantástico program.

Source: Knight Center

Posted on: April 25, 2018

Brazil Congress Restricts Criticism

Brazil's Congress this week approved legislation allowing parties and political candidates to force social media to immediately withdraw anonymous content deemed offensive or somehow defamatory. The law is being harshly criticized by civil liberties and freedom of expression groups. Under the law, social media will need to provide the identification and social security number of authors to keep their comments online.

Source: VOA

Posted on: October 6, 2017

Abraji Convenes Muckrakers in Brazil

GIJN member organization ABRAJI, Brazil's Association of Investigative Journalism, holds its annual conference from June 29 to July 1 in São Paulo. The gathering will feature about 60 panels, seminars and workshops, with experts and journalists from Brazil, the United States, Argentina and Mexico. Topics include political coverage, corruption, funding independent journalism, data journalism and advanced reporting techniques. To find out more about the conference, click the ABRAJI source link below.

Source: ABRAJI

Posted on: May 24, 2017