In Brazilian Democracy Law Forbids Making Fun of Electoral Candidates

The latest four Brazilian presidents In Brazil, a never-revoked election law from the era of the Brazilian military dictatorship past (1964-1985), which forbids making fun of candidates, has caused concern ahead of the country’s  October 3 presidential election and a possible run-off at October 31st. 

Presidential elections are not a joking matter in Brazil and as an example TV and radio broadcasters are legally forbidden from making comical remarks about candidates.

The political anti-joking law is described by some as a draconian relic of Brazil’s dictatorship era that threatens free speech, and is blight on the reputation of South America’s largest democracy.

“Do you know of any other democracy in the world with rules like this?” said Marcelo Tas, the acerbic host of a weekly TV comedy show that delights in skewering politicians and celebrities alike.

Proponents of the restrictions during elections claim that they keep candidates from being disparaged or portrayed in an unfair manner. Making fun of candidates on the air ahead of presidential elections is punishable with fines up to US$ 112,000 and a broadcast-license suspension.

But Brazil’s comedians and satirists are planning to fight for their right to ridicule with protests in Rio de Janeiro and other cities on Sunday.

The law has become a hot, trending topic for Brazilian users of Twitter and the focus of newspaper and magazine columns as well as debates at public seminars.

Mercopress

Tags:

You May Also Like

Brazil's Abimaq

Brazil Adopts Cost-Reduction and Productivity-Increase Plan for Industries

A technological improvement program most of it paid by Brazil's government utilizing specialized technicians ...

Brazil’s Gol Gets Prize for LatAm’s Best and Most Innovative Airline

In a survey of the best Latin American companies Brazilian airline Gol received three ...

Brazil Will Stay the Course, High Interest Rates and All

Brazil’s Finance Minister Antonio Palocci said Friday in London there’s no chance that the ...

Brazilian NBA Star Shines Back Home

Brazilian-born Nenê, a basketball star in the U.S., went to Brazil for an NBA-sponsored ...

Sudan’s First Ethanol Plant Was Made in Brazil and Shipped There

Sudan's first ethanol manufacturing plant, which is being officially inaugurated this Wednesday, June 10, ...

Brazil: Closed for Partying for 5 Days

One of the world’s largest parties, Carnaval, is in full swing in Brazil. Close ...

Not Even Sorry from Carrefour Brazil After Its Goons Beat Up Man for Stealing Own Car

Unlike the US, Brazil doesn’t have two separate social classes, divided between whites and ...

Brazil Expecting Largest Crop Ever Led by Soy, Corn and Rice

Brazil's agricultural producers should have their largest harvest ever in the 2007/2008 grain crop, ...

Brazil Is Two Years Behind in Preparations for 2014 World Cup

It is a tradition for the World Cup’s next host country to lay out ...

Dream on. This is not Brazil!

For dreamers, fantasists, fanatics or just bores, Brazil has become a blank page on ...