In Open Letter to Brazilian Government, 40+ Rights Teams Condemn ‘Try to Intimidate and Retaliate Towards’ Glenn Greenwald

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In Open Letter to Brazilian Authorities, 40+ Rights Groups Condemn 'Attempt to Intimidate and Retaliate Against' Glenn Greenwald


A coalition of greater than 40 press freedom and human rights teams from around the globe despatched a letter Friday to Brazilian government condemning cybercrime fees introduced in opposition to American investigative journalist Glenn Greenwald previous this week as a transparent intimidation effort for his reporting on key individuals of President Jair Bolsonaro’s executive.

“Those fees constitute an easy try to intimidate and retaliate in opposition to Greenwald and The Intercept for his or her crucial reporting.”
—letter

Greenwald, who co-founded The Intercept, lives in Rio de Janeiro together with his husband, Brazilian Congressman David Miranda, and their circle of relatives. The letter (pdf) initiated by means of Newshounds Sans Frontières (Newshounds With out Borders) and Freedom of the Press Basis echoes reporters, politicians, and advocates international who’ve expressed enhance for Greenwald since Tuesday.

“Those fees constitute an easy try to intimidate and retaliate in opposition to Greenwald and The Intercept for his or her crucial reporting on messages that perceived to display a pass judgement on advising federal prosecutors the right way to prosecute instances he was once presiding over within the ‘Operation Automobile Wash’ investigation,” the letter says. “Additional, by means of charging Greenwald with a cybercrime the federal government has necessarily criminalized enticing in respectable journalistic practices, which threatens to have a chilling impact on reporters and assets alike.”

The fees in opposition to Greenwald are a part of a broader “marketing campaign of harassment in opposition to reporters overlaying the scandal,” explains the letter. Since June 2019, when the net outlet started reporting on leaked messages exchanged by means of public officers, “assaults on Greenwald and The Intercept have integrated explicit dying threats, public disinformation, and a prison prosecution.”

Noting an August 2019 injunction from the Brazilian Splendid Courtroom and a conclusion from federal police final month that Greenwald has now not dedicated any crime associated with the messages, the letter pronounces that “the Federal Prosecutor’s Place of job has abused its energy by means of charging Greenwald” and denounces the workplace’s place as “unjustifiable.”

“Those fees wait for approval from a federal pass judgement on, giving the courts the chance to reject them and give protection to freedom of the clicking. Even so, the chilling impact of such felony intimidation stays,” concludes the letter. “If those techniques are allowed to face, it could jeopardize all Brazilians’ freedom of speech, freedom of the clicking, and freedom to take part in democracy.”

Different signatories to the letter come with Get entry to Now, the ACLU, the Brazilian Affiliation of Investigative Journalism, CodePink, the Committee to Offer protection to Reporters, Call for Growth, Human Rights Watch, the Global Press Institute, RootsAction, and the Global Affiliation of Information Publishers. Greenwald sits at the board of administrators for Freedom of the Press Basis.

Greenwald, who has now not been detained, vowed Tuesday that “we can now not be intimidated.” In a fundraising e mail to readers of The Intercept, the journalist stated Friday that he has been “deeply humbled by means of the outpouring of enhance” and referred to as the prison grievance “retaliation for our reporting at the misconduct of senior officers within the Bolsonaro executive.”

“Our felony staff is assured that we will defeat the baseless accusation that I dedicated cybercrimes,” Greenwald wrote. “The Bolsonaro executive and the motion that helps it has made again and again transparent that it does now not imagine in elementary press freedoms, however we can now not be intimidated by means of their tyrannical makes an attempt to silence reporters.”

Learn the rights teams’ letter in English beneath (and in Portuguese right here):

Addressed to:

Presidente da República, Jair Bolsonaro

Presidente da Câmara dos Deputados, Rodrigo F. Maia

Presidente do Senado, David Alcolumbre

Presidente do Supremo Tribunal Federal, Dias Toffoli

Cc:

Procurador Geral da República, Augusto Aras

Corregedora Geral do MPF, Elizeta Maria de Paiva Ramos

Procuradora Federal dos Direitos dos Cidadãos, Deborah Duprat 

 

We, the undersigned press freedom and civil liberties organizations, emphatically condemn the Brazilian government’ prison fees in opposition to the award-winning investigative journalist Glenn Greenwald.

Those fees constitute an easy try to intimidate and retaliate in opposition to Greenwald and The Intercept for his or her crucial reporting on messages that perceived to display a pass judgement on advising federal prosecutors the right way to prosecute instances he was once presiding over within the “Operation Automobile Wash” investigation. Additional, by means of charging Greenwald with a cybercrime the federal government has necessarily criminalized enticing in respectable journalistic practices, which threatens to have a chilling impact on reporters and assets alike.

The lately disclosed fees are most effective the latest construction in a marketing campaign of harassment in opposition to reporters overlaying the scandal. Threats in opposition to them were documented since final June, when The Intercept started publishing a chain of necessary public pastime tales in line with a cache of leaked Telegram messages between public officers.

A coalition of 29 loose speech and human rights organizations penned a letter in July 2019 to denounce those threats.1 Then, as now, the results have an effect on now not simply Greenwald and his colleagues, however the broader loose press in Brazil, together with each home and world media.

The assaults on Greenwald and The Intercept have integrated explicit dying threats, public disinformation, and a prison prosecution. Significantly, in August 2019, in a exceptional opinion by means of a member of Brazil’s absolute best courtroom ordered any police investigation into Greenwald halted and condemned this kind of efforts as “an unambiguous act of censorship” in violation of the rustic’s charter.

The appropriate of reporters to record on number one supply fabrics documenting reputable malfeasance is a significantly necessary press freedom factor. The Federal Prosecutor’s Place of job has abused its energy by means of charging Greenwald for doing simply that — in spite of a federal police conclusion simply final month that there was once no proof that Greenwald dedicated any crime when it comes to the leaked messages.

Given the Splendid Courtroom injunction and that federal police conclusion, the Federal Prosecutor’s Place of job’s place that Greenwald conspired to dedicate a criminal offense together with his nameless supply is unjustifiable.

Those fees wait for approval from a federal pass judgement on, giving the courts the chance to reject them and give protection to freedom of the clicking. Even so, the chilling impact of such felony intimidation stays. If those techniques are allowed to face, it could jeopardize all Brazilians’ freedom of speech, freedom of the clicking, and freedom to take part in democracy.

Sincerely,

Freedom of the Press Basis* 

Newshounds With out Borders

Get entry to Now

Agência Pública

American Civil Liberties Union 

ARTICLE 19 Brazil and South The united states 

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Asociación por los Derechos Civiles 

Affiliation for Revolutionary Communications (APC) 

Courageous New Motion pictures 

Brazilian Affiliation of Investigative Journalism (Abraji) 

CODEPINK 

Columbia Journalism Assessment 

Committee to Offer protection to Reporters 

Cooperativa Tierra Común 

Call for Growth 

Derechos Digitales 

Document Society 

Digital Frontier Basis (EFF) 

ExposeFacts 

Fundación Acceso (Costa Rica) 

Fundación Ciudadania Inteligente

Fundación Datos Protegidos (Chile) 

Fundación Karisma 

Fundación Huaira (Ecuador) 

Fundación Vía Libre

Human Rights Watch 

IFEX 

IFEX-ALC 

IPANDETEC Centroamérica 

Instituto Vladimir Herzog 

Global Press Institute 

Intervozes

Nationwide Federation of Brazilian Reporters (FENAJ) 

Newscoop Pen Global

Newshounds Committee for Freedom of the Press 

Roots Motion

Sursiendo CCD

TEDIC

Ubunteam Neighborhood 

Usuarios Digitales 

Global Affiliation of Information Publishers 

Witness

* Glenn Greenwald serves as a member of the board of administrators.



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