Court gags daily at the demand of a politician

first_img BrazilAmericas to go further RSF_en BrazilAmericas Follow the news on Brazil A civil court has since 11 May banned daily newspaper Diário do Grande ABC from publishing any articles about a case implicating Luiz Marinho, the mayor of São Bernardo do Campo, in São Paulo state. Reporters Without Borders said today that the ruling was in conflict with the spirit of the 1988 federal constitution that protects freedom of expression.The mayor, a former minister under President Lula, reportedly sent scholastic equipment in perfect condition to be recycled. The Diário do Grande ABC faces a daily fine of 500 reals (225 euros) if it breaks the law. The newspaper has lodged an appeal. The daily reported on 24 February that the council was sending equipment belonging to the municipal education network to be recycled even though it was in good condition. The mayor immediately sued the newspaper for “moral damages” and sought a ban on the newspaper from publishing other articles linking his name to this type of case. The civil court in Santo André granted his request. The article in question explicitly gave the mayor the opportunity to explain himself but neither the mayor nor the court appeared to take this into account. “We believe this decision is at odds with the spirit of the 1988 federal constitution that enshrines free expression among its fundamental principles. It is unbelievable that one year after the federal Supreme Court revoked the 1967 law of the military regime , that the practice of direct media censorship still goes on, and even worse that it should be under pressure from politicians”, the worldwide press freedom organisation said. In a similar case, the daily O Estado de São Paulo convicted of implicating the businessman Fernando Sarney, son of Brazil’s former president and current president of the Senate José Sarney. RSF begins research into mechanisms for protecting journalists in Latin America Organisation News Receive email alerts Newscenter_img 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies Reports News Help by sharing this information April 27, 2021 Find out more May 13, 2021 Find out more May 19, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Court gags daily at the demand of a politician Alarm after two journalists murdered in Brazil April 15, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Team Nigeria wins 11 medals at African Track Championship

first_imgRelatedPosts Igali praises Team Nigeria’s performance in Rome tournament Team Nigeria win gold, silver, bronze at African Track Championship Tokyo 2020: Team Nigeria to participate in 11 sports Team Nigeria at the African Track Cycling Championship in Cairo, Egypt have won four gold, three silver and four bronze medals at the end of the competition on Sunday. The championship, which began on Thursday, was organised by the African Cycling Confederation. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that information on the competition’s website indicated that Nigeria’s Grace Ayuba won four gold in the junior category from the sprint race, Keirin, Scratch 7.5km and Point Race events. Also, Ese Ukpesersye won two silver while Rita Oven won one silver. NAN reports that the championship is a qualifier for the 2020 World Cycling Championship and the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The team is expected back in Nigeria on January 20.Tags: Africa Track ChampionshipEse UkpesersyeGrace AyubaKeirinTeam Nigerialast_img read more