SIP advierte de acciones que intimidan a periodistas: “Interamerican Press Society warns of actions to intimidate journalists.”
Subtext: “The publisher of Veja magazine — a perennial font of gabbling bullshit — is a victim of government oppression!”
El editor del Grupo Abril, Sidnei Basile, presentó ante la Comisión de Libertad de Prensa e Información de la SIP el informe correspondiente a Brasil, que abrió expresando su preocupación por “las declaraciones de las autoridades defendiendo la violación del principio constitucional de mantener en secreto las fuentes”.
Grupo Abril publisher Sidnei Basile presented to the Committee on the Freedom of Information and the Press of the IPS the report on Brazil, which opens with an expression of concern for “statements by government officials defending the violation of the constitutional principle of maintaining the privacy of anonymous sources.”
What Abril generally practices — in Veja, at least; Exame and other titles are less objectionable, most of the time — is the sacred right to disinform.
The notion that Veja is a martyr to authoritarian temptations is a drum the publication beats mercilessly, but this claim, similar to the hysterical shrieking of RCTV in Venezuela, is undermined by the magazine’s utter lack of credibility.
Now, if this were the editor (not the business-side publisher) of Valor Economico talking …
Also part of the subtext here: When Veja published a “dossier” — despite having solid evidence it was as phony as a Paraguayan Marlboro — claiming that Brazil’s top cop had bribed-stuffed offshore bank accounts (as did his predecessor and other ranking officials, allegedly) its excuse was “Hey, we just print it, we don’t vouch for its accuracy!”
In other words, they want you pay them good money for information they refuse to guarantee is reliable. Like you were born yesterday. See
- “Feds Charge Daniel Dantas Over “Phony Dossier”: Unsourced Report
- Veja (Brazil): Behind the Scenes of an “Exemplary” Investigative Report
And see also:
- “The Death of Fact-Checking in Brazilian Journalism”
- Veja Só: Editorial Integrity at Brazil’s Grupo Abril
- Abril Dissident: Cooking Up Libel at Veja Magazine