Help by sharing this information October 23, 2018 Brazil: Newspaper attacked after reporting illegal funding that benefited presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro April 27, 2021 Find out more Dubbed “Bolsonaro’s No. 2 account,” the affair has had a big impact in Brazil, angering Bolsonaro and his supporters. “The Folha de São Paulo is Brazil’s biggest fake news source,” the candidate said in a video sent to his supporters on 22 October. Addressing the newspaper, he added: “You won’t get any more government advertising if I’m elected (…) Venal press, my condolences.” Alarm after two journalists murdered in Brazil Organisation According to the union, Record’s journalists are being subjected to “permanent pressure by their management so that their coverage favours the candidate Jair Bolsonaro and hurts the candidate Fernando Haddad.” According to the report, WhatsApp has been used to bombard voters with millions of automated messages, most of them smearing the Workers’ Party and its candidate, Fernando Haddad. Such private sector funding of an election campaign is illegal in Brazil and the country’s electoral tribunal, the TSE, has opened an investigation. WhatsApp, which had already used spam detection software to delete thousands of accounts suspected of spreading false information during the campaign, announced that it had launched an internal investigation and was ready to take “all necessary legal measures” to prevent the automated spread of misinformation. In an 18 October press release, RSF condemned the climate of hatred and repeated attacks against journalists and fact-checkers during the election campaign, and highlighted the dangers that a Bolsonaro victory would represent for democracy and press freedom in Brazil. to go further One of Brazil’s leading dailies, the Folha de São Paulo, has been under heavy attack since reporting on 18 October that far-right presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro benefited from illegal funding. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) regards the attacks as a serious press freedom violation and deplores the toxic climate for Brazil’s journalists since the election campaign began. RSF_en 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies The 18 October article in the Folha de São Paulo claimed that businessmen have been illegally funding a WhatsApp disinformation campaign designed to get Brazilians to vote for Bolsonaro in the presidential election, the second round of which is to be held on 28 October. On 21st October, the Rio de Janeiro electoral tribunal ordered the confiscation of thousands of copies of a special election issue of the newspaper Brasil de Fato. The judge who issued the order said the issue “clearly aims to provide electoral propaganda in favour of the candidate Fernando Haddad (…) while containing pejorative content about his opponent, Jair Bolsonaro.” News BrazilAmericas Online freedoms InternetViolence RSF begins research into mechanisms for protecting journalists in Latin America Reports “These attacks by presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro and his supporters against the Folha de São Paulo are unacceptable and unworthy of a party that wants to govern the country,” said Emmanuel Colombié, the head of RSF’s Latin America bureau. “We back Patrícia Campos Mello and all the other Brazilian journalists whose work during this turbulent period is essential.” May 13, 2021 Find out more BrazilAmericas Online freedoms InternetViolence Brazil is ranked 102nd out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index. Receive email alerts Patrícia Campos Mello, the veteran Folha de São Paulo reporter who wrote the story, has been attacked and threatened on social networks by Bolsonaro’s supporters and forced to block public access to her Twitter account. She also received anonymous calls threatening her and her family. News Follow the news on Brazil News April 15, 2021 Find out more Two other recent events illustrate the extreme tension and difficulties of covering the political situation in Brazil. On 20 October, the São Paulo journalists’ union condemned the pressure being put on journalists working for Record, a leading media conglomerate owned by Edir Macedo, an evangelical pastor and billionaire who openly supports Bolsonaro.
NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say to go further August 1, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 A week of campaign against the Senate vote on the Cybersecurity Act of 2012 RSF_en Help by sharing this information Follow the news on United States United StatesAmericas News United StatesAmericas June 3, 2021 Find out more Organisation News News News Facebook’s Oversight Board is just a stopgap, regulation urgently needed, RSF says Receive email alerts June 7, 2021 Find out more WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists This week, as the Cybersecurity Act (CSA) moves to the Senate floor, Reporters Without Borders is joining a wide-ranging coalition of digital rights groups and advocates to launch the second Stop Cyber Spying campaign. The campaign will encourage individuals to contact their Senators in support of amendments to CSA that would better safeguard privacy. The Stop Cyber Spying coalition supports an amendment from Senators Al Franken and Rand Paul that would ensure companies do not have new, overboard authority to monitor and block private communications.The coalition also opposes attempts to remove privacy protections in the bill, including any amendments that would hand the reins of America’s cybersecurity systems to a secretive military intelligence agency like the NSA, which is not accountable to the public for what it does with our private data. Last April, a similar coalition joined forces for the original Stop Cyber Spying campaign, a week of action in opposition to the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, otherwise known as CISPA. Ultimately, CISPA passed the House of Representatives, but not before major outcry that helped lead to substantial privacy improvements, a veto threat from the White House, and a significant number of “no” votes on a bill that previously looked poised to sail through with little opposition. The Stop Cyber Spying campaign now hopes to beat back floor amendments to the CSA that could make the bill look more like CISPA.The Twitter hashtag for the campaign is #DefendPrivacy. April 28, 2021 Find out more