High court allows Bolsonaro to keep Covid-19 results private — for now

Bolsonaro to keep Covid-19 results private — for now

Nearly two weeks after a federal judge first ruled that President Jair Bolsonaro must disclose his Covid-19 test results within 48 hours, the process is still ongoing — as the results still have yet to be released to the public. On Friday, Superior Court of Justice Chief Justice João Otávio de Noronha overturned a previous judicial decision in favor of newspaper O Estado de S.Paulo, which filed a lawsuit urging the disclosure on the basis of the Access to Information Act

Justice Noronha justified his decision by arguing that “whether a public figure or not, all and every person has the guarantee of protection of his intimacy and privacy, civil rights without which there would be no basis to establish rule of law.” The president had previously relied on the privacy argument to defend his refusal to make the results public, arguing that he had no problem in disclosing them, but that it was a “personal matter.”

The publication said it will appeal the decision.