Poder360: Brazil’s “Politico” Digs into Politics and Power

When he was laid off from Folha de S. Paulo in 2014, political reporter and columnist Fernando Rodrigues did not stop his behind-the-scenes coverage of power in Brasilia. He continued to write for his blog, which he had kept for 14 years, and to participate in a radio show. Shortly thereafter, he launched his own company, an innovative startup that has been growing, making profits and hiring journalists.

A Media Resource Center for the Rio Olympics

On Thursday, June 30, a group of journalists met at a house in Botafogo in the South Zone of Rio de Janeiro for a full day of training in the city’s access to information laws, followed by a debate on transparency in the context of the upcoming Olympics. “We wanted to do something before the Olympics on access to information, because so many people don’t know how the system works,” explained Mariana Simões, manager of Casa Pública.

Reporter’s Journal: Transparency for Some, Opacity for Most

On August 14, the Sao Paulo State Water Company (Sabesp) released a note on its website, bragging about winning the Transparency Trophy. It’s an annual prize granted by Brazil’s National Association of Finance, Administration and Accounting Executives. This struck some Brazilians as hard to believe. Sabesp, a publicly held company, has been notoriously unclear about the chronic water shortages faced by millions of people in Brazil’s largest state, Sao Paulo, since mid-2014. It is the same company that refused, from December 2014 to March 2015, to release information on the state’s major state water consumers.

What If We Disclose Everything?

From my experience of more than eight years managing transactions and capacity building programs in Latin America and Africa, a radical approach to transparency is the key to enable public-private partnerships to deliver more and better infrastructure services. The crude truth is that opaque policies serve a lot of interests, but almost none of them benefit service users or taxpayers.

Abraji’s Security Manual for Covering Street Protests

Covering street protests involves risks that every journalist should be prepared for. Knowledge, experience and planning can help reduce these risks. To help journalists worldwide, Abraji has developed a guide, packed with tips and anecdotes from professionals who have experienced risky incidents while covering protests. Here’s an excerpt, covering how to prepare and how to act during the event.