Putin Congratulates Neo-Liberal Bolsonaro for Inauguration as President, Brazilian Journalists Slam Media Restriction
MOSCOW, Russia – Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro received congratulations from his Russian colleague, Vladimir Putin, for the pose ceremony held on Tuesday in Brasilia.
Putin’s message was delivered by the president of the Russian Duma (Lower House), Vyacheslav Volodin.
“Bolsonaro had a conversation with the Duma president, during which the Duma representative congratulated Bolsonaro on behalf of Russian President Vladimir Putin,” a statement from the chamber said.
For his part, Bolsonaro also conveyed his greetings to Putin.
The Brazilian leader and the Russian representative spoke in favor of the development of relations between the two countries.
Volodin led the Russian delegation to Bolsonaro.
Meanwhile, Brazil’s new First Lady Michelle Bolsonaro gave an emotional speech in sign language during the inauguration ceremony of her husband Bolsonaro.
— Jornalismo TV Cultura (@jornal_cultura) January 1, 2019
A mark on the event however was made by the Brazilian Association of Investigative Journalism (Abraji) who issued a note on Tuesday criticizing the treatment given to the press during the coverage of the inauguration ceremony.
According to the document, the treatment given to journalists was “undemocratic” by “restricting the work of the press.”
“A government that restricts the work of the press ignores the constitutional obligation to be transparent. Brazilians will receive less information about the presidential inauguration because of the limitations imposed on the circulation of journalists in Brasilia,” the note said.
According to reports by the journalists themselves on Twitter, even access to water and to the bathroom were limited.
Jornalistas da França e da China se rebelam e abandonam sala onde estavam confinados no Itamaraty. Disseram que não aceitariam ficar em cárcere privado até às 17h, quando seriam liberados para fazer registros da posse de Bolsonaro. Essa rebelião deveria ser geral. #CBnaPosse
— Vicente Nunes (@vicentenunes) January 1, 2019
Em nações democráticas ocidentais, como os EUA, Canadá, França, Alemanha e Reino Unido, jornalistas têm total liberdade para exercerem seu trabalho. Restrições a jornalistas ocorrem em ditaduras de direita e esquerda como Arábia Saudita, Irã, Cuba, Venezuela, China e Egito
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Read Abraji’s note in full:
A government that restricts the work of the press ignores the constitutional obligation to be transparent. Brazilians will receive less information about presidential inauguration because of the limitations imposed on the movement of journalists in Brasilia.
Confined since 7AM, some with limited access to water and toilets, they were not able to interact with authorities and sources, something commonplace in all the start-up ceremonies since the country’s redemocratization.
Abraji protests against this undemocratic treatment to the professionals who are there to bring the historical record of this moment to the public.