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Freedom of expression sees historic dip in Brazil

According to human rights NGO Article 19, Brazil's level of freedom of expression has been cut in half over the last four years

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Riot police ready to contain a pro-democracy protest in São Paulo (June 2020). Photo: Alf Ribeiro/Shutterstock

In the first year of the Jair Bolsonaro government, Brazil recorded its biggest setback in freedom of expression, according to a recent report published by international human rights NGO Article 19. Dedicating an entire chapter to the situation in Brazil, the NGO highlights threats against environmentalist and indigenous activists, and warns that the country’s “authoritarian leaders” have created an elevated risk to public health during the coronavirus crisis.

Article 19’s Global Expression Report analyzes the current state of freedom of speech issues in 161 countries, measuring each one by its “GxR” metric, which evaluates variables such as government censorship...

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