Brazilian columnist comments on my blog. How cool is that?

Last week a Brazilian news anchor resigned on air because of pressure by a state governor to prevent the news organization from interviewing a political rival. And I posted a blog about that case and the larger issue of press freedom in Brazil: Brazil: Elections and censorship

I didn’t think much of it at the time. But…

Today in O Globo,Ricardo Norblat dedicated his blog to my posting.

Norblat read my posting from the SPJ International Journalism Committee blog site. (I often cross post there.)

Here is the original article: Controle da mídia no Brasil preocupa jornalistas dos EUA

And here is a Google translation:

Portuguese to English translation

Control of the media journalists in Brazil worries U.S.

The Globe

Responsible for Code of Ethics of American journalism, the Society of Professional Journalists has published in its blog network an article criticizing the proposal for social control of the media in Brazil.

Released on the blog “journalism around the world”, the words “Brazilian anchor resigns under pressure from the governor of censorship” displays the video in which journalist Paul Behring resigns during his TV program in Central Brazil, Goias issuing government, citing pressure to not interviewing the PSDB candidate for governor Marconi Perillo, to remind the proposed creation of social control of the media and criticism of President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva to the press.

“The Brazilian journalists have been feeling quite proud of their freedom and independence,” writes Dan Kubiske, a journalist living in Brazil and member of SPJ. “But some politicians have not gotten the message.”

Kubiske argues that the discussion on control of the press must be followed in the United States, because of the weight of Brazil in the international arena, making it important for other countries learn about the internal situation, for stories that are not controlled.

He repeats the editorial section of the newspaper O Estado de S. Paulo “which says that social control of the media is a” euphemism for tying the free flow of information “to the government.

“What happens in Brazil affects the U.S. economy, and in some cases, domestic affairs,” argues Kubiske. “For the common man, which is the country of origin of the owner of Budweiser? Yes, Brazil,” quotes the columnist. “And for government planners in Florida, specifically Orlando, which country currently sends more visitors to the area? Yes, Brazil.”

Nice to see my work is read and appreciated.

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