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30 April, 2016

Pulitzer Prize winner denounces the coup in Brazil

Short notices about the new Brazilian coup

Τhe Pulitzer winner [photographer Mauricio Lima] contrasted the “very high level professionals in journalism here” – those gathered at the ceremony in New York – with the media outlets in Brazil openly inciting street protests and agitating for the exit of the elected president. To underscore the point, he held up a sign that read “Golpe: Nunca Mais” – “Coup: Never Again” – with the “o” in “Golpe” replaced by the logo of Globo, Brazil’s largest and most influential media outlet that spent 20 years cheering the 1964 coup and military dictatorship that followed, and which has spent the last year flagrantly using its multiple media properties to propagandize in favor of Dilma’s impeachment.

Brazil’s media has completely lost control of the narrative internationally, but also increasingly within Brazil. Their sleazy plan to install as president the corruption-tainted, deeply unpopular, oligarch-serving Vice President Michel Temer – who just this week, in a indescribably Orwellian manner, called proposals for “new elections” a “coup” – is becoming untenable.

Prominent, universally respected international figures are becoming increasingly vocal about the dangerous assault on democracy; the latest is the Argentine Adolfo Pérez Esquivel, who won the 1980 Nobel Peace Prize for his courageous work against his country’s military dictatorship and this week said during a visit to Brazil: “It’s very clear that what’s being mounted here is a concealed coup d’état, which we call a bloodless coup,” adding: “It would be a serious setback for the continent. I’m a survivor from the days of the [military] dictatorship [in Argentina]. To strengthen democratic institutions cost us a great deal. And here they’re under attack.

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