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Brazilian government attacking press freedoms in Brazil

Harassment against journalists has increased since Jair Bolsonaro took office, showcased by a recent threat made by the president's lawyer against a female reporter

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“Over in China, you would vanish and your body would never be found.” While resembling a typical vitriolic social media attack on Brazilian journalists — which has become commonplace in recent years — the aforementioned threat was issued by none other than Frederick Wassef, the personal lawyer of far-right President Jair Bolsonaro. Sent via WhatsApp Messenger to UOL journalist Juliana Dal Piva, the intimidating remark came in response to Ms. Dal Piva’s recent investigative reports which reveal the president’s involvement in a salary-skimming scheme during his time as a congressman.

The threat is just the latest in a series...

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