Brazil

Attacks against communicators, threats to protest rights, and challenges to the right to information and privacy are among the biggest free expression concerns in Brazil. Attacks against and killings of communicators reporting on controversial issues are often met with impunity, particularly for the powerful ‘masterminds’ of attacks.  Criminalisation of the right to protest has also been on the increase over the past few years, through negative legal decisions in cases related to the right to protest, and the proposal of restrictive laws that seek to curb protests. Police brutality against protestors and communicators who cover protests has also become a worryingly regular occurrence.

In 2012, a new Access to Information Law was approved, but the challenge now is to promote implementation of the law by public bodies. Access to information on sensitive issues is still a problem, as information may not be produced – examples of problematic areas are information on national and public security, on environmental issues (extractives, etc), and on violence against women. For free expression in the online sphere, there have been several bills proposed that threaten privacy and other rights online, and will have a damaging effect on free expression.

ARTICLE 19 in Brazil works to monitor violations against communicators and advocates for protection measures, as well as providing legal support to journalists at risk. We provide legal opinions for cases related to protest rights, and provide legal analyses on laws threatening free expression.  We report on the compliance of public bodies with their access to information obligations and engage in workshops and training for community broadcasters and community internet providers, to broaden access to information, particularly in rural and remote communities.

Brazil: Data protection bill must be passed without veto
18.07.2018 2 min read

Brazil: Data protection bill must be passed without veto

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21.05.2018 4 min read

Brazil: Violations of freedom of expression against communicators in 2017

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Brazil: Ensure prompt and thorough investigation into murder of human rights defender
15.03.2018 3 min read

Brazil: Ensure prompt and thorough investigation into murder of human rights defender

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08.03.2018 5 min read

Brazil: New research on open data and cases of femicide

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Latin America: Principle 10 breakthrough for environmental democracy
08.03.2018 3 min read

Latin America: Principle 10 breakthrough for environmental democracy

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15.12.2017 5 min read

Brazil: Investigating policy initiatives on cybersecurity and cyber-defence in South America

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10.12.2017 4 min read

Brazil: proposed bills to regulate online blocking threaten freedom of expression

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30.11.2017 11 min read

XPA 2017 country profile: Brazil

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02.10.2017 1 min read

Brazil: New report analyses how Brazilian courts use the Access to Information Law

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