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Lula’s attacks on the press “dangerous” and has him “on track with Chavez”

Thursday, September 23rd 2010 - 00:44 UTC
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President Lula da Silva’s comments on freedom of the press are “something dangerous” and put him on the tracks of “Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez” said the president of the Inter-American Press Association (SIP), Alejandro Aguirre in an interview published in Brazilian newspaper O'Globo. Read full article


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  • Forgetit87

    It's not rare for a president to criticize the media. Berlusconi and Sarkozy did that a number of times, and so did the Bush administration. The Bush gov waged a verbal war with both NBC and. MSNBC. Ari Fleischer, then White House spokesman, said a lot of stuff when Bill Maher lost his “Politically Incorrect” show at ABC channel in 2001. The current American administration also has its own arguments with Fox News. Those weren't those leaders' great moments - but France keeps being France, Italy keeps being Italy and the US keeps being the US. Brazil won't become something like Venezuela just because the president refuses to stay shut when the scandal-thirsty Brazilian media keeps distorting the news.

    Some months ago Aguirre said of Lula that he's a faux democrat. That was based on the prohibition imposed to Estado de São Paulo to report on the ongoing investigation of the fiscal record of Senate President José Sarney. But the prohibition had been imposed by the Judiciary Power, something over which the Executive power has, and should have, no jurisdiction. True democrats are not supposed to infringe on the separation of three powers.

    The organization Aguirre representes, the Inter-American Press Organization, is an umbrella group that heads many LatAm newspapers. It's based in the US and was created during the Cold War. Investigator Fred Landis said of IAPA: “IAPA stands ready, with all its hundreds of cooperating member newspapers, to scream ”Marxist Threat to Free Press“ if any attempt is made by the target government to restrict the flow of hostile propaganda.”

    With Iapa the O Globo newspaper shares a history of support for anti-leftist coups. A day later the 1964 in Brazil, O Globo's founder, Roberto Marinho, wrote an editorial which began with the following sentence: “Vive a nação dias gloriosos”, that is, “The nation lives days of glory.” What O Globo is doing, is basically to interview a person the it knows will confirm their right-wing agenda.

    Sep 23rd, 2010 - 01:41 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Alvinho/BRA

    Only a bunch of gullible foreigners think that Lula is the example for the world....they mustn't have lived in Brazil before.....he's the crappiest person I've ever seen......because I voted for him when he first took office and then regretted doing it.

    Try to picture the amount of “good” friends he's made in countries dominated by bloody dictators....he's inspired in Chavez, 'el mono del Orinoco”, and is eager to turn Brazil into a Venezuela.

    Obviously people who are part of Brazilian press have no any halo over their heads, but I'd rather not believe in those red thieves who are bring up harsh setback for this country.

    Truth is coming to surface and those ridiculous reds are desperate.

    The lefties who are members of this forum should be eating a huge hamburger sandwich at Mc Donald's, wearing a brand new All-Star and listening to American music.

    Forgetit 87, Roberto Marinho was a crap, he founded the worst channel in the world, but wasn't wrong because from 1964 to 1985 Brazil went thorugh one of the highest economic growth was such darn safe country at that time. Don't worry, if Dilma wins and makes her own move, the militaries will take the country over again and lock up those thieves.....

    Sep 23rd, 2010 - 08:13 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Forgetit87

    Alvinho, I don't even care to answer most of your points. With all due respect, I think you're nuts.

    About the dictatorship, I know a brief period of it - that from 1968 to 1973 - was one of high economic growth. And that, to a smaller extent, that is also true of the remaining 70s - though then growth had to be sustained with foreign debts that crippled the ability of the post-Geisel presidents - save for Lula in his 2nd term- to invest in the country. But the 80s, both before and after the dictatorship was replaced by democracy, were not good years in either economic or most other respects.

    But that doesn't matter, Marinho didn't support the coup because he somehow knew it would be a good period of economic growth. Why he did it, I don't know. But that seems to have been the position taken by most media outlets. Again I don't know why, for Goulart was not a bad president: he tried to advance worker's rights and was very popular until the day he was ousted (76% of approval ratings). Perhaps it was precisely this - his defense of workers and trade unions - that hit the nerves of the media conglomerates owners.

    And that you believe the military will hit a coup in 2011 in case Dilma wins elections, proves yet again that you're nuts. Of course I mean that respectfully.

    Sep 23rd, 2010 - 10:22 pm - Link - Report abuse 0

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