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As elections near, Brazil’s media unite in defence of democracy

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As elections near, Brazil’s media unite in defence of democracy

As Brazil gears up for a general election in October, with a real threat of disruptive disinformation and fake news campaigns, the country’s news media have united to reaffirm their commitment to democracy and its two key tenets: respect for electoral results and the freedom of the press.

by WAN-IFRA External Contributor info@wan-ifra.org | August 2, 2022

In a statement published jointly on 2 August, three of Brazil’s largest media associations have underlined their commitment to the rule of law and the decisions of the electorate, as overseen and endorsed by the country’s internatioanlly recognised Electoral Justice system.

The Brazilian Association of Radio and Television Broadcasters (ABERT), the National Association of Magazine Editors (ANER) and the National Association of Newspapers (ANJ) said in a joint statement they endorsed “the importance of the broad and independent activity of the free press in the fight against disinformation that causes so much harm to democracies”.

The statement emphasised that only in an environment of political freedom, with solid institutions and full respect for the Constitution, could Brazilians be served by the media with the scope and transparency of processes and information that democracies require.

“There is no democracy without freedom of the press. And there is no freedom of the press without democracy, which presupposes a rule of law based on respect for electoral results,” the statement read.

Source: https://wan-ifra.org/2022/08/as-elections-near-brazils-media-unite-in-defence-of-democracy/

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