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Bolsonaro clashes with US/Brazilian journalist, whom he describes as “aligned with criminal hackers”

Monday, July 29th 2019 - 09:59 UTC
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Bolsonaro has sharply criticized Greenwald for the reports, and asked by the local media admitte, “Maybe he will be imprisoned here in Brazil.” Bolsonaro has sharply criticized Greenwald for the reports, and asked by the local media admitte, “Maybe he will be imprisoned here in Brazil.”
Reports in The Intercept Brazil led to questions about whether Justice Minister Sergio Moro improperly consulted with prosecutors during “Operation Car Wash” Reports in The Intercept Brazil led to questions about whether Justice Minister Sergio Moro improperly consulted with prosecutors during “Operation Car Wash”

Brazil's president renewed his attacks on journalist Glenn Greenwald over the weekend, raising the possibility of jail a few days after members of his party said the American's Brazil-based internet publication was “aligned with criminal hackers” for reporting the contents of hacked phone conversations involving the current justice minister.

The reports in The Intercept Brazil have led to questions about whether Justice Minister Sergio Moro improperly consulted with prosecutors when he was a judge overseeing the mammoth “Operation Car Wash” corruption investigation. Moro, whose work in that probe has made him a hero for many Brazilians, is a key member of President Jair Bolsonaro's Cabinet.

Bolsonaro has sharply criticized Greenwald for the reports, and local media said he was asked at a military ceremony Saturday whether the journalist might be kicked out of Brazil under new rules announced a day earlier allowing a fast-track deportation of foreigners deemed “dangerous” or who are found to have violated the constitution.

The president responded that Greenwald is covered by the regulations because he is a resident of Brazil who is married to a Brazilian, legislator David Miranda, and they have adopted children together. But Bolsonaro added: “Maybe he will be imprisoned here in Brazil.”

Greenwald responded defiantly to Bolsonaro on his Twitter account.

”Contrary to what the president says, he is not (yet) a dictator,“ Greenwald wrote. ”He doesn't have the power to order people to stop. To detain someone, you need to present evidence to a court showing that a crime was committed. That evidence does not exist.“

The Brazilian Association of Investigative Journalism condemned the president's comment about jail.

”By threatening a journalist who publishes information that he dislikes, the president promotes and instigates serious attacks on freedom of expression. Without free journalism, the other freedoms will also die,” the group said.

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    @Terence Hill

    REF: In Brazil you can only be imprisoned if you have committed a specific crime

    At least ONE thing is absolutely sure! Brazil consists of Law Abiding Citizens! That's why Brazil has made such a lot of progress!

    Jul 29th, 2019 - 03:45 pm 0
  • Chicureo

    Ah, social justice warrior and useful idiot Terry,

    There you go again, accusing both Trump and Bolsonaro being fascists and threatening the truly Democratic nations that they currently are.

    Your delirious hatred for what is good and positive for the people of those two nations is clearly evident, as both leaders are accomplishing good progressive things helping the lives of their citizens.

    Greenwald needs to be reminded that he's responsible for obeying the rules of Brazilian law. If he violates the law, he's subject to the same penalties as any other foreign agitator.

    On a bright subject, I'm delighted to learn that Lula has finally found love... It makes his misery even more painful while rotting in prison...

    By the way, Trump will win the upcoming 2020 presidential election by a landslide...

    Brasil acima de tudo, Deus acima de todos.

    Jul 29th, 2019 - 07:20 pm 0
  • bushpilot

    Chicureo,

    You just have to understand basic simple “philosophy” and connect these thoughts, to see that they are true, and not false.

    Donald Trump was legitimately elected.

    Donald Trump appointed 2 Supreme Court Justices out of 9 total. He is a fascist for doing this.

    He now controls the U.S. Supreme Court.

    He can disobey the Supreme Court, even though there is a close election coming up. And the democrat controlled House of Rep's are not dying to impeach Trump of anything.

    Obama appointed 2 Supreme Court Justices out of 9 total. He is not a fascist for doing this.

    A liberal president appointed a woman of hispanic descent, and a woman of jewish descent (no suprise).

    A conservative president appointed a white male conservative, and, a white male conservative (this is fascism)

    Due to my liberal religous conditioning, anyone who contradicts my liberal ideology must be energetically attacked and is, due to simple, basic philosophy, a “fascist”. This is not illegitimate smearing and this is not fascism.

    I'm 17 years old, and I know enough about this world, and the above is all perfectly connected and consistent with the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, and is therefore perfectly true.

    The term facism is overused these days but I am not overusing it. I am using it legitimately. As per the above philosophically connected truths.

    Jul 29th, 2019 - 11:21 pm 0
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