Emulating his counterpart and idol, Donald Trump, the president of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, announced Thursday that he has ordered the Federal Government to cancel all of the subscriptions to the newspaper Folha de S. Paulo, the main of his country, in protest at the coverage that makes his management. The White House announced makes just seven days, a similar measure but of smaller scope: the headquarters of the american presidency annulled the daily purchase of newspapers in The New York Times and The Washington Post, the most influential of the united STATES. Deeply upset with the scrutiny of the press, both leaders share a discourse of constant attack of the media, who they accuse of being factories of false news, from the electoral campaigns that brought them to power in the two largest countries of America. There are constant decisions and statements of the far-right (and their children) that are undermining democratic institutions and basic freedoms.
The attack Bolsonaro to Folha included a threat to advertisers, two days after responding to a unique, influential group Balloon with the warning that in 2023 you may have difficulties to renew your license. Bolsonaro makes it clear almost daily that is disgusted with the coverage of the major media, but the first Balloon he touched a nerve because it has a huge potential to be harmful to his presidency. The revelation that his name appears in the investigation of the murder of the political leftist Marielle Franco, carried out last year, allegedly by two expolicías military, fell like a bomb in Brazil and in Saudi Arabia, where he was on an official visit. In the middle of the night and considerably agitated, the president recorded a video to deny the accusation and attack “this journalism is rotten and villain of the TV Globo”. The news embittered the final stretch of his tour in China and the middle East in search of business opportunities to relaunch the ailing brazilian economy. “We’ll talk about in 2023”, he said threatening, “you better then he is dead because the renewal process will not be a persecution but there will be no shortcuts for you, or any other”.
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The distrust of Bolsonaro towards the most relevant comes from far away. Made throughout his election campaign in social networks, on the sidelines of the big newspapers such as Folha and the media group Globo, whose programs, whether the news of the night, or soap operas, you come to the last of the brazilians. It is common that the supporters of the president take pests Balloon, which they consider one of the greatest enemies of Bolsonaro, who came to power with a discourse of rupture with the establishment. “I hope you do not accuse me of censorship. Is that correct? No one is going to be punished. Anyone who wants to buy the Folha de S. Paulo, that your advisor go to the kiosk, to purchase it there and that is fun. I don’t want to know more about Folha de S. Paulo, read it poisons my Government,” said Bolsonaro Thursday in a television interview. Hours later, went even further in one of his usual direct on Facebook: “And who is announced in the Folha, pay attention, right?”.
Folha emphasized in a note that “the journal will continue to make, in relation to his Government (Bolsonaro), the critical journalism and apolitical that characterizes him and which he practised with all the other Governments.” A lawyer of the newspaper paulistano added: “it Is an attitude typical of totalitarian Governments. Chávez and Maduro, by ironic that it is the comparison, did exactly the same thing with the press in Venezuela”.
As recently warned in an article that the owner of The New York Times, A. G. Sulzberger, the attacks from Trump, to the u.s. press represent “a growing threat to journalism because it’s not only “undermine the faith of their citizenship in the media organizations that asked for accounts”, but also “have been given permission to made to foreign leaders to do the same with the journalists in their countries”. Brazil is the most recent test.