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2020-06-02T12:52:42+00:00
Brazilian Senate to vote new law criminalising the usage of fake accounts in social networks
Brazilian Senate session
Brazilian Senate session Credit: Leopoldo Silva/Agência Senado

Brazil's Senate is going to vote today a new law to criminalise the usage of fake accounts and bots on social networks.
The proposal, presented by senator Alessandro Vieira and representatives Felipe Rigoni and Tabata Amaral, establishes that platforms face sanctions if they don’t provide transparent reports, do not label bots, or don’t highlight corrections coming from independent fact-checkers.
Expressing concerns about the proposal, Flávia Lefèvre, a counselor of the Brazilian internet steering committee, stated: “All counsellors are overly concerned with this proposal. It could compromise one of the principles that are in the decalogue of the internet and in article 14 of [Brazil’s internet bill of rights], which is the non-liability of the network provider. This is a principle that guarantees freedom of expression and prevents censorship”.

Politics • American • Brazil
2020-06-02T06:22:14+00:00
Brazil House Speaker says he will decide on Bolsonaro's impeachment at 'appropriate time'
Interview with Rodrigo Maia (right)
Interview with Rodrigo Maia (right) Credit: UOL (Reproduction)

During an interview this Monday the speaker of Brazil's lower house of Congress, Rodrigo Maia, stated that he would decide whether to open impeachment proceedings against President Jair Bolsonaro at "the appropriate time." and "with care."

Politics • American • Brazil
2020-05-31T21:31:59+00:00
Brazil: Police disperse anti-Bolsonaro protesters in São Paulo
Anti-Bolsonaro protesters
Anti-Bolsonaro protesters Credit: Pam Santos

São Paulo state police used tear gas to disperse hundreds of demonstrators in Brazil’s largest city on Sunday as groups protesting and supporting President Jair Bolsonaro neared a clash.
The demonstration by several hundred black-clad members was the largest anti-Bolsonaro street protest since the Covid-19 pandemic started and organised by fan clubs of soccer clubs Corinthians, São Paulo and Palmeiras.

Politics • American • Brazil
2020-05-31T13:00:43+00:00
Brazil Covid-19 confirmed cases near 500,000, close to 29,000 deaths
Brazil's Health Ministry Press Conference
Brazil's Health Ministry Press Conference Credit: Júlio Nascimento/PR

Brazil's Health Ministry announced Saturday the country has now 499,440 confirmed cases of the virus and 28,834 deaths.

Politics • American • Brazil
2020-05-29T19:38:32+00:00
Brazilian GDP shrinks 1.5% during first quarter

Brazilian GDP for the first quarter of 2020 fell 1.5% compared to the previous three months. This is the largest quarterly contraction since 2015.
As the country started social distancing measures only in the second half of March, analysts expect the full effect of the Covid-19 pandemic to appear on results for the second quarter of 2020.

Politics • American • Brazil
2020-05-29T10:03:51+00:00
Brazil central bank chief worried credit not reaching companies
Roberto Campos Neto
Roberto Campos Neto Credit: José Cruz/Agência Brasil

Speaking in an online event Roberto Campos Neto said he is worried that, despite all measures taken by the Brazilian Government, money is not reaching to small and medium-sized companies.
Campos Neto said further measures to boost credit to that sector of the economy will be announced soon.

Politics • American • Brazil
2020-05-28T18:55:15+00:00
Brazilian president criticise Supreme Court investigation of allies for alleged fake news
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro Credit: Marcos Corrêa/PR

President Jair Bolsonaro stated on Thursday that a Brazil's Supreme Court investigation into a fake news network was actually aimed at silencing his social media support.
Brazil's Federal Police on Wednesday executed more than two dozen searches and seizure warrants in six states as part of an investigation into a network that allegedly spread defamatory fake news and threats against Supreme Court justices.

Politics • American • Brazil
2020-05-26T14:06:04+00:00
Brazil's Federal Police searches Rio de Janeiro governor's residence
Rio de Janeiro Governor Wilson Witzel
Rio de Janeiro Governor Wilson Witzel Credit: Eliane Carvalho

Brazil's Federal Police searched the official residence of Rio de Janeiro state Governor Wilson Witzel today as part of an investigation into the embezzlement of public resources in the state’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
A police statement said Federal Police were serving 12 search and seizure warrants, but no arrest orders were issued.
Witzel denied any wrongdoing and said in a statement he would cooperate with authorities. He also accused the federal government of interfering in the case.

Politics • American • Brazil
2020-05-25T16:46:49+00:00
Brazilian Environment Minister says pandemic is “opportunity” to environmental deregulation
Brazil Environment Minister Ricardo Salles
Brazil Environment Minister Ricardo Salles Credit: Marcelo Camargo/Agência Brasil

Brazil's Environment Minister Ricardo Salles called the Covid-19 pandemic an "opportunity" to further deregulate environmental law without much public attention.
In a video released by the country's Supreme Court, Salles said: “We need to make an effort while we are in this calm moment in terms of press coverage, because they are only talking about Covid, and push through and change all the rules and simplify norms,”.
The video of a ministers’ meeting surfaced during an ongoing investigation of whether President Jair Bolsonaro interfered in appointing leaders of the federal police for personal gain.

Politics • American • Brazil
2020-05-23T20:03:20+00:00
Brazil becomes country with the second highest number of Covid-19 cases

With now over 330,000 reported cases, alone over 20,803 new cases reported on Friday, Brazil has become the country with the second most cases in the world. Only the United States have reported more cases, followed by Russia with 326,448 reported cases.

Politics • American • Brazil
2020-05-22T16:59:05+00:00
Brazil reaches 300,000 Covid-19 cases with 20,000 deaths
New hospital in Manaus
New hospital in Manaus Credit: Ingrid Anne

After confirming 18,508 new diagnostics Brazil has now the third-largest number of Covid-19 infections in the world, after the United States and Russia with 310,087 cases.
Death toll from the virus crossed the 20,000-mark with 1,188 deaths.

Politics • American • Brazil
2020-05-21T21:24:58+00:00
Sleeping Giants in Brazil reaches 140,000 followers and aims to cut revenue from sites promoting misinformation
Capture of site targeted by Sleeping Giants
Capture of site targeted by Sleeping Giants Credit: Sleeping Giants Brasil

Sleeping Giants Brasil, the Brazilian profile of the activists' organization Sleeping Giants reached 140,000 followers on Twitter since its launch less than a week ago.
The profile alerted local companies such as Dell, TIM Brasil, Telecine, Submarino, PicPay, Banco do Brasil, and Phillips about their programmatic media on sites spreading misinformation.

Politics • American • Brazil
2020-05-20T01:21:53+00:00
Brazil crosses the mark of 1,000 daily Covid-19 deaths, Trump considering a travel ban
Ventilator being installed in a Brazilian ICU
Ventilator being installed in a Brazilian ICU Credit: Marco Santos / Ag. Pará

Brazil's Health Ministry announced the country had 1,179 Covid-19 confirmed deaths in the last day, an all-time high. Since the pandemic started, the South American country death toll is 17,971, out of 271,628 people who have tested positive for the virus.
U.S. President Donald Trump said he is considering a travel ban: “Brazil is having some trouble, no question about it,” Trump said in response to a question from a reporter at the start of a cabinet meeting this Tuesday. “I don’t want people coming in here and infecting our people.”

Politics • American • Brazil
2020-05-18T11:56:17+00:00
Brazilian Workers Party announces that it'll file impeachment papers for President Bolsonaro

The Brazilian Workers Party (short PT) has announced that they think President Jair Bolsonaro "no longer works with this government", referring to the handling of the Covid-19 pandemic and the rising numbers of cases and deaths in Brazil. As a consequence, the party is planning on submitting a "collective impeachment petition" to the Chamber of Deputies.

Politics • American • Brazil
2020-05-19T11:57:29+00:00
Brazil overtakes Spain and Italy in number of Covid-19 confirmed cases
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro Credit: Marcos Corrêa/PR (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 4.0)

As President Jair Bolsonaro continues to downplay the pandemic, Brazil has now the fourth-largest coronavirus outbreak in the world, surpassing Italy and Spain in the number of confirmed cases.
Brazil's total number of cases reached 233,142 after the Health Ministry accounted for 14,919 new cases. The total number of deaths in the country is at 15,633.

Politics • American • Brazil
2020-05-19T11:57:28+00:00
Brazilian health minister Nelson Teich resigns
Nelson Teich during a press conference
Nelson Teich during a press conference Credit: Júlio Nascimento/PR

Nelson Teich, Brazilian Health Minister, offered his resignation to President Jair Bolsonaro this Friday.
Mr Teich succeeded Luiz Henrique Mandetta, fired by Jair Bolsonaro after a series of disagreements over government efforts to contain the new coronavirus.

Politics • American • Brazil
2020-05-19T11:57:27+00:00
Brazil reaches 200,000 Covid-19 cases, close to 14,000 deaths
Cemetery Parque da Saudade in São Gabriel da Cachoeira, Amazonas
Cemetery Parque da Saudade in São Gabriel da Cachoeira, Amazonas Credit: Paulo Desana/Dabakuri/Amazônia Real

Brazil's Health Ministry announced there had been 13,944 new cases and 844 deaths of Covid-19 over the last 24 hours in the country. Brazil has now 202,918 confirmed cases of the virus and 13,993 deaths.

Politics • American • Brazil
2020-05-19T11:57:28+00:00
Brazilian Covid-19 death toll reaches 12,400 making it sixth worst affected country in the world

With 881 new registered deaths, the Latin American country now marks the sixth-highest death number due to Covid-19 in the world. The number of cases has increased by over 9,000. With a total of 177,589 cases, the country overtook Germany which stands at 170,000.

Politics • American • Brazil
2020-05-19T11:57:27+00:00
Brazilian Covid-19 death toll reachs 9,897 after new daily record with 751 fatalities
Brazilian health workers protest for better working conditions
Brazilian health workers protest for better working conditions Credit: Vanessa Nicolav/Brasil de Fato (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 4.0)

Brazil's Health Ministry reported 751 new Covid-19 deaths in the last 24 hours, a new daily record, taking the total to 9,897.
The country also passed the 10,000 mark of daily new cases with reported 10,222 since yesterday. The total number of cases totals 145,328.

Politics • American • Brazil
2020-05-19T11:57:28+00:00
Medical journal The Lancet says "biggest threat to Brazil's COVID-19 response is its president, Jair Bolsonaro"
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro and Economy Minister Paulo Guedes
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro and Economy Minister Paulo Guedes Credit: Marcos Corrêa/PR (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 4.0)

The peer-reviewed medical journal The Lancet stated in an article that Brazil, the country with the most Covid-19 cases and deaths in Latin America, has a difficult time fighting the coronavirus.
The journal claims that president Jair Bolsonaro does not properly react to the pandemic and criticizes that the president discourages "sensible measures of physical distancing and lockdown". By doing that the president is taking an opposite stand than state governors and city mayors and has lost two ministers in the past three weeks.

Politics • American • Brazil
2020-05-19T11:57:29+00:00
Brazil hits new Covid-19 daily record with 615 deaths
Crosses to be used in a public cemetery in Manaus, Amazonas
Crosses to be used in a public cemetery in Manaus, Amazonas Credit: Alex Pazuello/Semcom (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 4.0)

According to Brazil's health ministry data, the country registered 615 deaths of Covid-19 in the last 24 hours, and 10,503 new confirmed cases.
Overall, Brazil has registered 125,218 cases and 8,536 deaths due to coronavirus. New cases rose roughly 9.2% over the last 24 hours, while deaths increased roughly 7.8%.

Politics • American • Brazil
2020-05-19T11:56:46+00:00
Brazil's Supreme Court blocks Bolsonaro decision to expel Venezuelan diplomats
Justice Luis Roberto Barroso
Justice Luis Roberto Barroso Credit: Fellipe Sampaio /SCO/STF (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 4.0)

Justice Luis Roberto Barroso issued an injunction on Saturday suspending for 10 days a decision by Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro to expel Venezuela's 30 diplomats and consular staff.
Barroso said the immediate ejection of the diplomats in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic countered humanitarian principles. The consular personnel is based in the cities of Brasilia, Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Manaus, Belem, and Boa Vista.

Politics • American • Brazil
2020-05-19T11:56:45+00:00
Supreme court of Brazil allows investigation of President Bolsonaro
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro and his cabinet during a pronouncement
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro and his cabinet during a pronouncement Credit: Carolina Antunes/PR (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 4.0)

Brazil’s Supreme Court Justice José Celso de Mello Filho gave the green light for an investigation of alleged corruption and obstruction of justice by President Jair Bolsonaro after the country’s outgoing justice minister, Sérgio Moro, accused him of attempting to interfere with federal police probes.

Politics • American • Brazil
2020-05-19T11:56:44+00:00
Brazil's justice minister Sérgio Moro resigns, accusing Jair Bolsonaro of interference on Federal Police investigations
Sérgio Moro, former Justice Minister of Brazil
Sérgio Moro, former Justice Minister of Brazil Credit: Marcos Corrêa/PR (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 4.0)

Brazil's Justice Minister Sergio Moro has resigned amid tension with President Jair Bolsonaro.
Moro, a former judge, quit after the president fired one of his allies - Federal Police chief Mauricio Valeixo - and accusing the President of political interference.
Immediately after the announcement, pot-banging protests against Jair Bolsonaro broke out across Brazil.

Politics • American • Brazil
2020-05-19T11:56:43+00:00
Brazil's Bolsonaro fires health minister over pandemic response
Luiz Henrique Mandetta during Press Conference
Luiz Henrique Mandetta during Press Conference Credit: Marcelo Casal jr/ Agencia Brasil (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 4.0)

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro fired his health minister, Luiz Henrique Mandetta, on Thursday after a series of disagreements over government efforts to contain the new coronavirus.
Previously, Bolsonaro had publicly criticized Mandetta for urging people to observe social distancing and stay indoors. The President disagreed with these measures, downplaying the virus as "a little flu", and touted the yet-unproven efficacy of an anti-malarial drug.

Politics • American • Brazil
2020-05-19T11:56:44+00:00
Study finds Brasil to likely have 12 times more cases of coronavirus than reported
Press conference of the Brazilian Health Ministry
Press conference of the Brazilian Health Ministry Credit: Marcos Corrêa/PR (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 4.0)

A study released by researchers at a consortium of Brazilian universities and institutes states the country likely has 12 times more cases of the new coronavirus than are being officially reported by the government.
As the country suffers from too little testing and the long wait to get test results, researchers examined the ratio of cases resulting in deaths through April 10 and compared it with data on the expected death rate from the World Health Organization.
Year to date, the number of hospitalizations for severe respiratory symptoms has been over three times higher than usual for this season, but only 12% of those have been confirmed as COVID-19.

Politics • American • Brazil
2020-05-19T11:56:45+00:00
Brazilian minister starts diplomatic row with China over Coronavirus

After a tweet -- now retracted -- by Brazil’s Education Minister Abraham Weintraub that appeared to mock Chinese accents while insinuating the Asian giant stood to benefit from the coronavirus pandemic, China's embassy in Brasilia demanded a public correction by the Brazilian Government.
This dispute comes just weeks after President Jair Bolsonaro sought to pacify a similar dispute sparked by his son, Eduardo Bolsonaro.
China is the biggest destination for Brazilian exports, accounting for 29% of its global total during the first quarter of 2020.

Politics • American • Brazil
2020-05-19T11:56:45+00:00
Twitter, Facebook and Instagram delete Brazilian President posts

Brazilian President, Jair Bolsonaro, posted videos of himself going into crowds in Brasilia, hyping hydrochloride as a cure, and encouraging an end to isolation.
First, Twitter, and now Facebook and Instagram, deleted the posts for violating platform rules.

Politics • American • Brazil
2020-05-19T11:56:46+00:00
Brazil gangs declare strict curfews over favelas to slow corona virus from spreading

With Brazil’s coronavirus death toll rising to 46, gang members in the Cidade de Deus (City of God) favela in western Rio order residents to remain indoors after 8pm. The gang uses loudspeakers broadcasting an alert: “Anyone found messing or walking around outside will be punished.” The gangs of other favelas are following this principle and threaten the 2mio favela-residents to remain at home during the crisis.

Politics • American • Brazil
2020-05-19T11:56:45+00:00
Brazilian President, Bolsonaro, dismisses Covid-19 pandemic and face protests

During a live TV pronouncement, President Jair Bolsonaro has called the virus "little flu" and stated the pandemic is a "fantasy." The Brazilian President ordered State Governors to end the quarantine currently in place on São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro -- Brazil's two most populous states.
There were protests across the country, with quarantined people banging pots and pans from their balconies.