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Saturday, April 30, 2011

Brazilian Supreme Court overturned press censorship law
Dwyer Arce at 12:00 AM ET

On April 30, 2009, the Brazilian Supreme Court overturned a law restricting the press as unconstitutional. The court ruled 7-4 that the Press Law, which was enacted in 1967 and allowed for censorship of news media, books, and other forms of communication, is incompatible with the Brazilian Constitution. The law was enacted while the country was under military rule but had not been regularly enforced since the country returned to democratic rule in 1988. In 2007, the International Press Institute described Brazil as "one of the most dangerous countries in the Western Hemisphere in which to practice journalism" because of the threats and violence facing investigative reporters.


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