Press freedom pledge by Brazil’s new president

Roy Greenslade – The Guardian, 11/02/2010

Brazil‘s president-elect, Dilma Rousseff, has promised that her incoming government will guarantee freedom of expression.

The pledge, made during her acceptance speech in Brasília, follows a series of allegations about repeated attacks on press freedom during the lengthy election campaign.

Rousseff had previously said she was troubled by some news reports during her campaign: “I don’t deny that sometimes [the media] spread things that left me sad,” she said. “But we are lovers of freedom.” (Video, with translation, here. If your Portuguese is up to it, here’s a much longer video of her speech. Tip, skip the first 2.30 mins).

Rousseff is the handpicked successor of the current president, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, and – like him – a member of the Workers’ Party.

Throughout the campaign, the party’s supporters and Lula’s spokespeople accused the press of acting as an opposition party determined to prevent Rousseff winning.

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