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Brazilian judge revokes authorization to access journalist's telephone records

Update (Dec. 2, 2016):  A judge has revoked authorization to access the telephone records of journalist Andreza Matais.

A Såo Paulo court recently ruled that investigators could access Matais’ telephone records. The decision was related to a series of reports written by the journalist in Folha de S. Paulo newspaper in 2012. Matais now works at O Estado de S. Paulo.

Judge Rubens Pedreiro Lopes of the São Paulo Police Investigations Department made the decision to revoke that authorization on Dec. 2. Read more »


Brazilian journalists mourn the deaths of 20 colleagues who died in plane crash on way to cover soccer match

At least twenty journalists were killed in a plane crash late in the night of Nov. 28 near Medellín, Colombia. The group was accompanying a delegation from the Brazilian soccer team Chapecoense. The team, from the city of Chapecó in southern Brazil, was traveling to play its first match of the final of the South American Cup. Read more »


Casa Pública in Rio de Janeiro wants to be "a meeting place for journalists from around the world"

It consists of three floors and 300 square meters on a tree-lined street in Botafogo, in the south zone of Rio de Janeiro. A noble space, inside and out, dedicated to journalism. The facade is old, well-maintained, with pink-painted walls and white details. On the inside, there are high ceilings adorned by a sumptuous glass chandelier. The dark wood floors and windows, as well as the staircase, give off a warm air. Read more »


After adopting paywall, Brazilian newspapers gain record audiences and sell more and more digital subscriptions

Contrary to common assumptions, the implementation of paywalls – barriers that restricts non-paying users' access to websites – has contributed to growing the audiences of major Brazilian newspapers, which have also recorded a significant increase in the sale of digital subscriptions.

According to newspaper executives interviewed by the Knight Center, the adoption of this "paywall" has had an impact on the mentality and functioning of newsrooms, and has altered business models and the profiles of readers, with repercussions for editorial policies. Read more »


Abraji's Ctrl+X project shows an increase in prior censorship during Brazilian municipal elections

The 2016 election season in Brazil put Ctrl+X, a platform created to monitor lawsuits that demand the removal of content from the internet, to the test. The site found that “electoral lawsuits,” one of the subsets of legal proceedings tracked by the site, increased 33 percent in recent municipal elections in 2016 when compared to the elections of 2012. In many of these cases, politicians and parties go through designated electoral courts to sue journalists and get information removed from the internet. Read more »


Brazilian fact checkers join forces for live analysis of debate between mayoral candidates in Rio de Janeiro

Following the lead of other fact-checking collaborations in the region, four Brazilian fact-checking projects will harness their collective experiences and talents to analyze an upcoming debate between the two remaining candidates for mayor of Rio de Janeiro. Read more »


“My guards are almost family": threatened journalist who has been living under 24-hour protection for 20 years

Journalist Cándido Figueredo lives with his wife, and seven guards armed with machine guns, in what he likes to call “my prison.” With a mixture of irony and regret, Figueredo describes his house, which also serves as a branch of Paraguay’s largest newspaper ABC Color. For more than 20 years, Figueredo has lived with a 24-hour security escort, the only way to continue working as journalist in the dangerous city of Pedro Juan Caballero, on Paraguay’s border with Brazil. Read more »


Brazilian journalist survives after being shot while distributing newspapers in São Paulo state

Brazilian journalist Evaldo de Oliveira, 49, was shot while distributing local newspapers on the evening of Sept. 26 in Franco da Rocha, a city in São Paulo state. Read more »


Brazilian government withdraws autonomy of state broadcaster EBC and tries again to fire its president

The Brazilian government changed the structure, as well as the rules of appointment and dismissal of presidents, of the Brazilian Communications Company, which runs a news agency and broadcasting stations of the federal government. The changes get rid of the Board of Trustees that had been created to give the EBC autonomy from the government.

Along with the changes published on Sept. 2, the government of President Michel Temer dismissed journalist Ricardo Melo for the second time and named Laerte Rímoli as president of the EBC. However, they have reversed that decision. Read more »


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