Roy Greenslade – The Guardian, 11/02/2010
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.