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Brazilian Congress Inquiry on Veja Magazine Believed to Be Reprisal

Brazil's Veja magazine shows Renan Calheiros on cover story The Inter American Press Association (IAPA) announced that it plans to keep a close watch on the investigation expected to be carried out by the Brazilian Congress into commercial links between Spanish telecommunications company Telefónica and Brazil's Grupo Abril to insure that there is "no violation of principles which could harm the free flow of news or the public's right to know."

In a note to House Speaker, Arlindo Chinaglia, IAPA president Rafael Molina and chairman of IAPA's Committee on Freedom of the Press and Information Gonzalo Marroquí­n, expressed the organization's concern that any potential decision by Congress to open an investigation into Grupo Abril might be an act of reprisal by Senate President Renan Calheiros, who was accused of engaging in corrupt practices by Grupo Abril's magazine Veja.

On July 18 Brazil's National Telecommunications Agency approved formation of a partnership between Grupo Abril and Telefónica, paving the way for it to offer TV subscriptions and broadband telephone and online services.

According to complaints received by IAPA, the investigation is believed to be in reprisal for "courageous investigative reporting and the uncovering of a number of scandals concerning politicians and members at all levels of government by Veja magazine" and because Grupo Abril "has been suffering political pressure precisely over its partnership with Telefónica, entered into in October 2006."

Congressman Wladmir Costa, from the same party as Calheiros, which has a majority in the lower house, introduced a motion to set up a Parliamentary Commission of Inquiry to look into the legality of the transaction.

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  • bo

    [quote]And you better continue expressing your thoughts freely.[/quote]

    or what? 😛

  • João da Silva

    Shelly
    [quote]Sorry, but it was misunderstanding on my part, my bad Joao![/quote]

    No need to apologise,lass.In some aspects, I am very sarcastic.

    I think that our Press Freedom is not in peril. May be the TV stations can be muzzled , to certain extent,but not the newspapers or ON LINE newspapers. Remember, the On Line papers can be set up anyware outside Brazil and people like us can express our opinion freely. No government can cut off the access to them and it is impossible to control.

    So I am not worried and nor should you be.And you better continue expressing your thoughts freely.

  • Shelly

    Joao Alberto Ferreira Souto, Jornal do Estado, February 19, 1994, VitÀƒ³ria da Conquista

    Souto, owner of Jornal do Estado in VitÀƒ³ria da Conquista, was shot dead by a group of men who ambushed him when he arrived home. He was an outspoken critic of politicians and government officials.

    AND the developed countries call Brazil a democracy, it is shameful!

  • Shelly

    Joao Alberto Ferreira Souto, Jornal do Estado, February 19, 1994, VitÀƒ³ria da Conquista

    Souto, owner of Jornal do Estado in VitÀƒ³ria da Conquista, was shot dead by a group of men who ambushed him when he arrived home. He was an outspoken critic of politicians and government officials.

    AND the developed countries call Brazil a democracy, it is shameful!

  • Shelly

    Sorry Joao
    Sorry, but it was misunderstanding on my part, my bad Joao! 😉

  • João da Silva

    Brazilian Dude
    [quote]JoÀƒ£o was being sarcastic, in his crusty old way…that was not a serious rebuke…
    This govt. has authoritarian soviet-style genes which just pop out all the time.
    [/quote]

    You got my coded message loud and clear.Not many understand my sarcasm and think it is a compliment 🙁

    [quote]Actually, its some guy in Africa.Bin Lula asked him what he could do to “be like him”, a dictator in power for more than a decade.
    We gotta keep our eyes open and our powder dry.
    [/quote]

    Are you talking about the President of Central African Republic? Your memory fading, Col? I want a complete report on this encounter,asap, if you dont mind. Remember,we are extremely peace loving folks 😉

  • Brazilian Dude

    Shelly…
    JoÀƒ£o was being sarcastic, in his crusty old way…that was not a serious rebuke…
    This govt. has authoritarian soviet-style genes which just pop out all the time.
    Chavez is their role model…
    Actually, its some guy in Africa.Bin Lula asked him what he could do to “be like him”, a dictator in power for more than a decade.
    We gotta keep our eyes open and our powder dry.

  • bo

    One has to roll his eyes…
    when he hears someone in Brazil talking about “press freedoms”, or the lack thereof. Can’t tell ya how many times I’ve heard the ignorantly stupid make such comments as, “at least here in brazil our press is free, not like in the U.S.”

    I used to react, now I just think, “there, but for the grace of god, go I”. 😉

  • Shelly

    Joao
    The things I say are not EVEN close to the problems created by our beloved Al MULA BIN LULA…just think of the Amazon, the shootings in Rio, the poverty all over the country, nasty doesn’t even come close! 🙁 😮 🙁

  • Shelly

    Joao
    He doesn’t deserve my respect. As I said to you before, they need to GAIN our respect before we can be NICE. 🙁

  • João da Silva

    [quote]I am sure in math class he had a problem, one finger missing creates a hell of a job![/quote]

    Come on,dont be silly,Shelly. He attended the maths class, much before he lost his finger. I wish you wouldnt offend our beloved Prez. You are too nasty towards him.

    [quote]This is O GOVERNO MULA BIN LULA, a democrat impersonator[/quote]

    Another shocking statement from you. How could you be so disrespectful to our elected “AUTHORITIES”. I am very disappointed in you. 🙁

  • Shelly

    LULA BIN MULA
    “According to complaints received by IAPA, the investigation is believed to be in reprisal for “courageous investigative reporting and the uncovering of a number of scandals concerning politicians and members at all levels of government by Veja magazine” and because Grupo Abril “has been suffering political pressure precisely over its partnership with TelefÀƒ³nica, entered into in October 2006.”

    This is O GOVERNO MULA BIN LULA, a democrat impersonator…in reality an uneducated dictator that can count up to four…I am sure in math class he had a problem, one finger missing creates a hell of a job!

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