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Topic “Brazil”

Journalists in Rio de Janeiro show how to break banalization of urban violence in news coverage

Journalist Thiago Antunes was working in the newsroom of newspaper O Dia on Nov. 28, 2015 when news broke at dawn: 111 shots from rifles and pistols were fired by the military police at five youths in the Lagartixa favela in Costa Barros, a poor neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro’s northern zone. Read more »


Reporters Without Borders wants to increase its presence in Latin America, invests in a regional office in Brazil

Reporters Without Borders (RSF for its acronym in French), a nonprofit organization that defends freedoms of expression and information, has been investing in Brazil to increase visibility and presence in the country. In 2015, RSF opened a regional office for Latin America in Rio de Janeiro and launched  a version of its site in Portuguese at the end of November 2016. Read more »


Reports on executions, violence and trafficking take home the Latin American Investigative Journalism Award

The 14th Latin American Investigative Journalism Award honored works that uncovered extrajudicial executions in Mexico, violent conflicts over land and timber in Brazil and the trafficking of cultural heritage throughout the region. Read more »


Brazilian judge revokes authorization to access journalist's phone 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 »


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