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Stories about Brazil

16 August 2018

Introducing Ursal — Union of Socialist Republics of Latin America, Brazil's latest meme craze

Brazil's internet has turned an obscure far-right conspiracy theory on its head.

14 August 2018

A Brazilian animation about drag queens is singled out, criticized on moral grounds

"If Super Drags is a cartoon for adults why is the Brazilian Paediatrics Society worrying itself?"

15 May 2018

Interview with Rosaly Lopes, a Brazilian NASA astronomer and the first woman to edit the journal founded by Carl Sagan

Her great inspiration? Francis Northcutt, the astronomer who, in 1970, helped to calculate the return route of Apollo 13.

11 April 2018

Brazil's Black Population Dominates Popular Politics, But Remains Left Out From Government

Brazilian scholar Flávia Rios reflects on achievements and challenges in the struggle for racial and gender equality.

9 April 2018

By Attempting to Curb Disinformation on Slain Politician Marielle Franco, a Brazilian Judge Hands Facebook Censorship Powers

Advox

The order could set a dangerous precedent for freedom of speech online in the country.

4 April 2018

‘It Is Sad to Realise That When Police Officers Are Sued, the Victims Are Judged Instead’

"His case was not an exception. Every day, black young men are killed by the police in favelas and other marginalised areas."

28 March 2018

A Journey for Justice in the Americas, Part 1: Three Women Tell Their Stories in Kingston, Jamaica

"To stop [my activism] would mean that I am giving another police officer permission to kill another of my brothers, or anyone else for that matter."

25 March 2018

From Informal Sales to Market Intelligence: The History of the Largest Afro-Descendant Fair in Latin America

In the 16 years since its founding, the Feira Preta fair has succeeded in strengthening and emphasizing the Brazilian black identity.

False Reports Spread Online After the Murder of Brazilian Activist and Politician Marielle Franco

Fake rumors about the personal life and activism of murdered Rio de Janeiro city councillor Marielle Franco were shared by several right-wing groups and personalities.

15 March 2018

City Councillor and Leading Rights Activist Shot Dead in Downtown Rio de Janeiro

Marielle Franco was the fifth most voted councilor for Rio's City Chamber. She was murdered after denouncing police violence in favelas. The crime is being investigated as an execution.

28 February 2018

São Paulo City Hall's Official Facebook Page Is Blocking Users Who Criticise the Mayor

Advox

The revelations cast light on the uncharted legal territory of how official digital accounts of public institutions are administrated when they are hosted by private platforms, such as Facebook.

9 February 2018

Brazil's Largest Newspaper Quits Facebook, Accuses it of Harboring ‘Fake News’

Advox

Folha's editor accused Facebook of "...banning professional journalism from its pages in favour of personal content and opening space for ‘fake news’ to proliferate."

25 January 2018

Netizen Report: Can Brazil’s Government Use Google to Manipulate Public Opinion?

Advox

The Advox Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world.

24 January 2018

Offering ‘Beer, Meat and Oppression,’ A Carnival Group Wants To Celebrate Brazil's Military Dictatorship

The Public Ministry of São Paulo will investigate the organizers of the event which, according to the prosecutors, insults the rights to truth and memory and promotes apology for the...

11 January 2018

Netizen Report: Fearful of ‘Fake News’, Lawmakers in France and Brazil Want to Limit Free Speech Before Elections

Advox

The Advox Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world.

5 January 2018

A Photo Shows a Boy Watching New Year's Fireworks. Why Do Some Brazilians Assume He's Sad and Poor?

"The people looking at the picture are pre-conditioned to understand that the image of a black person is associated with poverty and abandonment...This pre-condition is structural racism..."

30 December 2017

Brazil Introduces Tougher Regulations on ‘Fake News’ Ahead of 2018 Elections

Advox

A committee with members of the army, the federal police, and the Brazilian Intelligence Agency will monitor and possibly order the blocking of false news reports on social media.

2 December 2017

This Brazilian Doctor Says Science Has Evolved, but Stigma Against HIV Remains

"The voices of people living with HIV are neglected by the media, which often portrays them as victims, or examples not to be followed, under the auspices of promoting prevention"

31 October 2017

After 121 Years, the First Indigenous Singer Performs at Brazil’s Teatro Amazonas

The theatre was built in the late 19th century with the wealth from rubber exploitation in the Amazon, which brought devastation for the indigenous communities in the forested region.

9 October 2017

Art Exhibitions Fall Into the Crosshairs of Brazilian Conservatives

"Not even in the period of the dictatorship was an exhibition with 263 works by 85 artists closed."

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