New Brazil premier vows press freedom

Dilma Rousseff, Brazil’s president-elect, has pledged to guarantee freedom of expression under her premiership.

Her Workers’ Party accused the media of “behaving like a political party” in an alleged bid to deny her victory during the election campaign.

But one editor said the party’s stance against the press had been the worst “since the military dictatorship before 1989”. Rousseff said: “I don’t deny that sometimes [the media] spread things that left me sad. But we are lovers of freedom.”

(Source: MediaGuardian)

This article appears in issue 259 of Media Digest.

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Charlie Beckett, director of POLIS at the London School of Economics, reacts to news that the UK government forced the Guardian into destroying hard drives that contained information leaked by Edward Snowden.

(Source: POLIS)


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