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November 19, 2019

ABRAJI fight for press freedom in Brazil

Since the election of Jair Bolsonaro as president in Brazil in January of last year, attacks on journalists have seen a dramatic increase, and freedom of speech and of the press have been under constant attack. 

Like many other far-right populist leaders, Bolsonaro has targeted the press in his populist rhetoric, and portrayed the media and journalists as enemies of the state. His virulent rhetoric has resulted in both verbal and physical attacks on journalists and human rights activists across Brazil.

According to the Brazilian Association of Investigative Journalism (ABRAJI), in the months leading up to the elections, more than 150 incidents of attacks against journalists covering Bolsonaro’s campaign were documented. 

Abraji is a Brazil-based non-profit organisation working to promote freedom of press and protect investigative journalists in Brazil. Founded in 2012, the organisation currently has thousands of members and continues to attract investigative journalists to its ranks.

The organisation’s website is currently only available in Portuguese. If you are based in Brazil or speak Portuguese and have an interest in learning more about Abraji and how you can join or support them, please visit their website.

Otherwise, you may consult the website of the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) - an independent non-profit organisation promoting press freedom worldwide. 

CPJ maintain a presence in Brazil as well, and monitor the situation there closely. You may visit their website for reports on incidents of attacks against journalists in Brazil or pledge a donation to support their efforts. 

Image: Abraji website

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ABRAJI fight for press freedom in Brazil