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Topic “Brazil”

Brazilian news media use social media and innovative storytelling techniques to cover Zika health pandemic

Live Facebook video debates with scientists, reports about the social consequences of microcephaly, data visualization projects and infographics to show how it spreads. The emergence of the Zika virus as a global pandemic has forced Brazilian journalists to adopt a wide range of storytelling techniques and tools to cover the various aspects of this health emergency. Read more »


Daylong suspension of WhatsApp affects journalists and media in Brazil

Due to a judicial order, service of WhatsApp was blocked for one day starting May 2 for about 100 million Brazilians who use the messaging application. The measure had immediate repercussions among journalists who are accustomed to using the application for communication and also on news organizations that use it to distribute information and interact with readers. Read more »


Editor of Brazilian magazine Época defends national coverage of country’s corruption investigation

Since Operation Car Wash began in March 2014, it has dominated the political agenda in Brazil. Considered by the Federal Police as the biggest corruption investigation ever undertaken in the country, its coverage is a challenge even for experienced journalists, like the editor in chief of Época magazine, Diego Escosteguy. Read more »


Newspaper owner arrested and journalist forced to testify in new phase of major Brazilian corruption investigation

Businessman Ronan Maria Pinto, owner of São Paulo newspaper Diário do Grande ABC, was arrested on April 1 as part of Operation Car Wash, an investigation into corruption in the Brazilian government and various companies. The investigation has fueled a political crisis in Brazil that reaches the top levels of government. Read more »


Two arrested in attempted murder of radio host in northeastern Brazil

A Brazilian radio host survived what police said was an attempt on his life motivated by his reports on illegal activity. Jair Pereira Teixeira, 45, was shot three times on March 27 in Forquilha in the state of Ceará in northeastern Brazil. Read more »


Eight bullets fired into car of Brazilian journalist during attack at his home

According to witnesses, two people on a motorcycle fired eight shots at a car parked in the garage of Brazilian journalist Kenedy Salomé Lenk in the early morning hours of March 10, reported newspaper O Globo. The journalist, his wife and daughter were asleep inside the house at the time. Read more »


Brazilian radio host murdered at station previously had asked to leave crime beat

Brazilian radio host João Valdecir de Borba, known as Valdão, was killed on March 10 while working in the studios of Rádio Difusora AM in São Jorge do Oeste, southwestern Paraná state. Read more »


Agência Pública announces cultural journalism center and map of independent journalism in Brazil

Agência Pública, a prime example of the independent media landscape in Brazil, has launched two innovations during the month of its five-year anniversary: a cultural center to support independent journalism and an unprecedented interactive map on new journalistic initiatives in the country. Read more »


With 24 years of broadcasting, Radio Heliópolis engages and transforms community on the outskirts of São Paulo

It was the early 2000s when Reginaldo José Gonçalves received a visit from a policeman during the broadcast of his rap program on Radio Heliópolis, a community radio station on the outskirts of São Paulo, Brazil. Read more »


Brazil's third oldest newspaper terminates its print version

On the last day of 2015, the Brazilian newspaper O Mossoroense printed its last edition on paper, and now offers only digital content on its website and mobile app. Created in 1872 in the northeastern city of Mossoró, Rio Grande do Norte, the newspaper is the third oldest in Brazil, according to the National Association of Newspapers. Read more »



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