Brazil / 2009

Media owner shot to death in northeastern Brazil

December 15, 2009 4:25 PM ET

New York, December 15, 2009—Unidentified assailants shot and killed Brazilian media owner and radio host José Givonaldo Vieira on Monday morning in northeastern Pernambuco state, according to local news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists called today on Brazilian authorities to conduct a thorough investigation into Vieira’s killing and to...

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CPJ dismayed by decision of Brazilian court

December 11, 2009 2:42 PM ET

We issued the following statement today in response to yesterday’s decision by the Supreme Federal Tribunal, Brazil’s highest court, rejecting an appeal from the daily O Estado de São Paulo and its Web site Estadão in a case of censorship. In July, a regional court barred both outlets from publishing...

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U.S. reporter faces 'insult' suit in Brazil air crash aftermath

September 29, 2009 3:42 PM ET

New York, September 29, 2009—U.S. freelance journalist Joe Sharkey, who covered a 2006 plane crash in Brazil in which he was a passenger, faces an onerous civil defamation suit for comments he said were wrongly attributed to him. On the third anniversary of the accident, the Committee to Protect Journalists...

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Judge orders censorship in Brazilian corruption case

August 27, 2009 5:02 PM ET

On July 31, 2009, Judge Dácio Vieira of the Federal District Court in Brasilia banned the Brazilian daily O Estado de S. Paulo and its Web site Estadão from publishing reports on an corruption scandal involving the family of former Brazilian President José Sarney, according to local news reports....

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Freelance photographer detained in southern Brazil

August 27, 2009 2:59 PM ET

On July 16, 2009, police detained freelance photographer Antônio Carlos Argemi while he was covering a protest outside the home of Rio Grande do Sul Governor Yeda Crusius in Porto Alegre, 834 miles (1,342 kilometers) southwest of Brasilia....

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Brazilian journalist sentenced on defamation charges

July 10, 2009 5:22 PM ET

New York, July 10, 2009--A judge in the northern state of Pará ordered prominent Brazilian journalist Lúcio Flávio Pinto, at left, on Monday to pay US$15,000 in damages in a civil libel suit. The decision is part of a systematic pattern of legal harassment against Pinto, who faces more than...

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CPJ hails conviction in 2003 journalist murder in Brazil

May 28, 2009 4:47 PM ET

New York, May 28, 2009--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes Wednesday's conviction in the June 2003 murder of Brazilian journalist Nicanor Linhares but calls on the authorities to ensure that all those involved in the killing of the radio host are brought to justice. ...

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CPJ Impact

May 19, 2009 4:15 PM ET

May 2009News from the Committee to Protect Journalists...

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In victory for press, high court strikes down repressive law

May 7, 2009 4:38 PM ET

New York, May 7, 2009--The Brazilian Supreme Federal Tribunal's decision to strike down the 1967 Press Law, a measure that imposed harsh penalties for libel and slander, is a crucial step forward in the campaign to eliminate criminal defamation laws in the Americas, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Restrictive press law repealed in Brazil

May 1, 2009 4:17 PM ET

In response to yesterday's repeal of Brazil's infamous 1967 Press Law by the Supreme Federal Tribunal, we issued the following statement......

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