Continued instability

What with threats, physical attacks during demonstrations, and murders, Brazil continues to be one of Latin America’s most violent countries for journalists. Their difficulties are compounded by the lack of a national mechanism for their protection, a climate of impunity fuelled by the ubiquitous corruption, and a high degree of political instability, as seen in President Dilma Rousseff’s removal in 2016. Media ownership continues to be very concentrated, especially in the hands of big industrial families that are often close to the political class. Courts often refuse journalists’ right to the confidentiality of their sources.

in the 2017 World Press Freedom Index



104 in 2016

Global score


32.62 in 2016

  • 1
    journalists killed in 2018
  • 0
    citizens journalists killed in 2018
  • 0
    media assistants killed in 2018
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