Journalism Pakistan
Latest:
Women in Media: North Macedonian journalist faces threats after interview clip sharedNewsroom Pakistan: Kamal Siddiqi honored with Journalists of Courage Impact Award in ManilaNewsroom Pakistan: Vanishing voices: The fall of investigative journalism in PakistanJSchool: Defining journalism in the digital age: Who qualifies as a journalist?Newsroom Pakistan: CPJ decries journalist murders in Pakistan, demands swift justiceWomen in Media: Ukrainian journalist Anna Kalyuzhna threatened with death and rape after army commander's accusationsOpportunities: Fellowship for journalists to cover UN Biodiversity ConventionDigital Connections: Niger reintroduces prison sentences for cyber offensesAsia: Taliban arrest journalist in Bagram districtNewsroom Pakistan: Dawn highlights the perils of journalism in Pakistan, calls for an end to impunityNewsroom Pakistan: IFJ urges action after seventh journalist killed in Pakistan this yearDigital Connections: Shahid Afridi faces social media backlash over pro-Israel photo

Brazil's President-Elect Bolsonaro calls investigative reporting 'fake news'

 JournalismPakistan.com
 November 05, 2018

Brazil's President-Elect Bolsonaro calls investigative reporting 'fake news'

BRASILIA/SAO PAOLO - For Brazil’s right-wing President-elect Jair Bolsonaro, attacking critical press outlets almost daily on social media is not enough. Once in office, he vows to hit their bottom line.

With half-a-billion dollars in public-sector marketing budgets coming under his discretion, the fiery former Army captain is threatening to slash ad buys with adversarial media groups, striking at the financial foundations of Brazil’s free press.

After a campaign in which Bolsonaro dismissed investigative reporting as “fake news” invented by a corrupt establishment and his supporters went after individual journalists, the threats are sending a chill through the country’s newsrooms.

Asked in a TV interview last week if he would respect press freedom even for his favorite foil, newspaper Folha de S.Paulo, Brazil’s largest circulation daily, Bolsonaro’s answer was curt.

“That newspaper is done,” Bolsonaro said in a tense TV Globo interview. “As far as I’m concerned with government advertising — press that acts like that, lying shamelessly won’t have any support from the federal government.”

While public funds are just a fraction of revenue at most major media groups, the prospect of a president out to punish unfriendly coverage has put many reporters on edge.

Several seasoned journalists working for Brazil’s biggest news organizations told Reuters in recent weeks they have started to throttle back their criticism, fearing backlash from a Bolsonaro government — and violence from his supporters.

Brazilian press watchdogs said there has been an escalation of threats and aggression against reporters. Investigative journalism group Abraji began tracking the incidents in Brazil’s most polarized election since the return to democratic government in 1985 after two decades of military dictatorship.

Most of the attacks on journalists were by Bolsonaro supporters, according to Abraji, which recorded more than 150 cases of campaign reporters coming under threat. Roughly half involved physical violence and the rest were online hate campaigns.

“Treating the press as an antagonist is not a new tactic, but the aggressive tone and frequency of Bolsonaro’s attacks are very worrying,” said the group’s coordinator, Marina Atoji.

Bolsonaro’s supporters said the Brazilian media has a leftist bias and they have turned to social media for news about him.

“The worst thing was they tried to crucify Bolsonaro for his controversial statements on women, gays and blacks,” said Emilio Kerber, an Air Force major who ran for Congress in Bolsonaro’s small coalition. “But Bolsonaro has millions of followers on social media and he won anyway.”

Press aides for Bolsonaro did not respond to a request for comment. The president-elect has disavowed any supporters who resort to violence. He said he respects freedom of the press and only asks that it be exercised responsibly.

In Folha’s newsroom, the sense of siege is palpable.

Executive Editor Sérgio Dávila said in an interview the paper has taken security measures to protect its reporters after a social media barrage by Bolsonaro supporters over reporting on his campaign’s use of messaging platform WhatsApp.

“This is the most tense recent election, because the massive use of social media has meant journalists are more exposed to the supporters of the candidates,” he said.

“Bolsonaro voters are particularly active on social media,” Dávila said, adding that he had never seen such vitriol directed at individual journalists over specific stories.

After his victory on Sunday, Bolsonaro said media groups that spread lies will miss out on federal government advertising, which totaled 1.8 billion reais ($487 million) in 2017, including ads by state enterprises. - Reuters

 

Back

Kamal Siddiqi honored with Journalists of Courage Impact Award in ManilaKamal Siddiqi honored with Journalists of Courage Impact Award in Manila

 June 24, 2024:  Pakistani journalist Kamal Siddiqi has been honored with the Journalists of Courage Impact Award at the East-West Center Internati...

Vanishing voices: The fall of investigative journalism in PakistanVanishing voices: The fall of investigative journalism in Pakistan

 June 23, 2024:  Explore the decline of investigative journalism in Pakistan and understand the economic, political, and safety challenges that jou...

CPJ decries journalist murders in Pakistan, demands swift justiceCPJ decries journalist murders in Pakistan, demands swift justice

 June 22, 2024:  The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) expresses deep concern over the killing of veteran journalist Khalil Jibran in Pakistan...

Dawn highlights the perils of journalism in Pakistan, calls for an end to impunityDawn highlights the perils of journalism in Pakistan, calls for an end to impunity

 June 21, 2024:  Daily Dawn calls for justice following the murder of journalist Khalil Jibran in Landi Kotal, highlighting the threats and violenc...

IFJ urges action after seventh journalist killed in Pakistan this yearIFJ urges action after seventh journalist killed in Pakistan this year

 June 20, 2024:  The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) condemns the killing of journalist Khalil Jibran in Landi Kotal, Khyber Pakhtunk...

Journalist Khalil Gibran laid to rest after tragic shooting in Khyber PakhtunkhwaJournalist Khalil Gibran laid to rest after tragic shooting in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

 June 19, 2024:  Journalist Khalil Gibran was laid to rest after being fatally shot in Tehsil Landi Kotal, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The incident, which ...

Khyber News correspondent Khalil Jibran murdered in Landi KotalKhyber News correspondent Khalil Jibran murdered in Landi Kotal

 June 18, 2024:  Khyber News Television correspondent Khalil Jibran was tragically shot dead in Landi Kotal, District Khyber. The journalist, who h...

PTV Sports terminates Rashid Latif's contract amidst controversyPTV Sports terminates Rashid Latif's contract amidst controversy

 June 15, 2024:  PTV Sports has terminated Rashid Latif's contract, sparking controversy and speculation. Despite a recent extension, Latif's depar...

Newsroom
North Macedonian journalist faces threats after interview clip shared

North Macedonian journalist faces threats after interview clip shared

 June 24, 2024 The Coalition for Women in Journalism (CFWIJ) strongly condemns the misogynistic attacks and threats against North Macedonian journalist Lepa Djundeva following the sharing of her interview excerpt by Bogdan Ilievski. The CFWIJ calls for the immediate removal of the clip to protect Djundeva's well-being.

Ukrainian journalist Anna Kalyuzhna threatened with death and rape after army commander's accusations

Ukrainian journalist Anna Kalyuzhna threatened with death and rape after army commander's accusations

 June 21, 2024 Ukrainian war correspondent Anna Kalyuzhna faces severe threats following accusations by an army commander. The Coalition for Women in Journalism and World Press Freedom call for an urgent investigation into the threats against her and her family.

Fellowship for journalists to cover UN Biodiversity Convention

Fellowship for journalists to cover UN Biodiversity Convention

 June 21, 2024 Earth Journalism Network launches a fellowship for journalists to attend and report from the UN Convention on Biological Diversity in October-November 2024. This opportunity supports reporters from low- and middle-income countries in covering critical biodiversity issues.

Taliban arrest journalist in Bagram District

Taliban arrest journalist in Bagram District

 June 21, 2024 Journalist Abdullah Danish has been arrested by Taliban intelligence in Parwan province. The reason for his detention remains unclear, with Danish being taken to an unknown location. The Taliban have imposed severe restrictions on the media since their takeover of Afghanistan.

French reporter forced out of India

French reporter forced out of India

 June 20, 2024 The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) calls on Indian authorities to renew French journalist Sebastien Farcis' permit and stop hindering journalists' work through legal technicalities, emphasizing the need for press freedom.