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Covid-19 not the only threat to press freedoms in Brazil

On this World Press Freedom Day, we discuss the many challenges facing Brazilian journalists — and Covid-19 is by no means the biggest threat

Covid-19 not the only threat to press freedoms in Brazil
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Brazil has traditionally been a hostile country for journalists. Many prominent journalists fell victim to the authoritarian regimes that ruled the country over the 20th century. Others have died through the years at the hands of drug gangs and paramilitary mafias that preside over poor neighborhoods in several Brazilian regions. However, since 2018, the country has experienced a further decline in its press freedom indicators, with many attacks coming, in an organized way, from precisely those who should protect it — such as prosecutors, judges … and the president. 

In 2019, President Jair Bolsonaro was responsible...

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