Brazilian media end Bolsonaro's coverage
Brasilia, May 26 (Prensa Latina) Grupo Globo, Folha de Sao Paulo newspaper, TV Band and other media in Brazil declined to cover the interventions of President Jair Bolsonaro at the Palacio da Alvorada, official residence, because of a lack of security.
The press denounced that supporters of the far-right leader aggressively insult reporters during the coverage in that place and security guards do not take any step to hold back the protesters.
According to Grupo Globo, the company's vice president for Institutional Relations, Paulo Tonet Camargo, sent a letter to the minister of the Office of Institutional Security, Augusto Heleno, to report on the decision to no longer cover Bolsonaro's press briefings.
'The newspaper intends to resume coverage on the spot after the Palacio do Planalto (headquarters of the Executive Power) guarantee security to professionals,' states Folha de Sao Paulo.
According to the UOl portal columnist Mauricio Stycer, TV Band reported that it also withdraws its professionals from the door of the Alvorada Palace.
Brasilia's Metropoles website also announced the interruption of coverage. 'The suspension will last as long as the hostile climate continues and there are no conditions for press professionals to work safely,' it said.
In this regard, the Brazilian Press Association praised the decision of the communication companies.
Likewise, the Brazilian Association of Investigative Journalism pointed out that the deterioration of press freedom, promoted by elected authorities and public officials, is a serious risk to democracy.
The decision was made after Bolsonaro addressed journalists on Monday in a message that led followers to aggression.
'When you start telling the truth, I will talk to you again,' he said.
Supporters of the ex-military officer then began shouting insults such as 'Trash!' and 'Rats!' at the reporters, according to Folha.
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