Supreme Court v. fake news: political tensions reach new highs in Brazil – TBR Weekly #7

Federal marshals carried out a series of search and seizure warrants against bloggers, far-right activists, a comedian, and businessmen suspected of taking part in an illegal fake-news-spreading operation. Six members of Congress will also be questioned in the case. The police action came as part of a March 2019 investigation opened by the Supreme Court into the spreading of fake news and threats against its members.However, while it might seem like a positive move to crack down on the spread of false information and anti-democratic hate speech, the investigation is also a perfect example of the Supreme Court overstepping its bounds.—-The Brazilian Report is an independent media outlet uniquely positioned to offer an insider’s view on current affairs in Brazil.