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Globo and Its «Payola» Scheme: Miguel de Rosário


Source: Miguel do Rosário: |  Viomundo

Translation: C. Brayton

An interesting public-domain information hunt by a journalist who earns his basic living as a reporter on the coffee sector turns up financial irregularities by the Globo organizations. How deeply will it echo?

Cafezinho was recently granted access to a federal tax authority investigation into a a tax-evasion case involving the Globo network and running into the millions.  The case was settled in 2006, when Globo was found guilty of an infraction by the tax authority relating to evasion of taxes in the amount of R$ 183.14 million, in current values. Together with interest and fines already imposed by the regulator, Globo owed the Brazilian taxpayer R$ 615 million in 2006. Someone should calculate how much this is in current values.

Globo’s fraudulent tax scheme took place during the federal administration of Fernando Henrique Cardoso, in a transaction typical of the Toucans, using a fiscal paradise.

A current book of interest, A Privataria Tucana — deals with the use of offshore financing in the privatization — hence the play on the verb “to privateer” –of Brazilian telecoms in the late 1990s.

The broadcaster disguised the purchase of transmission rights to World Cup matches in 2002 as investments in limited liability corporations abroad.  The defendant in the case is José Roberto Marinho, CPF No. 374.224.487-68, owner of the company accused of tax evasion.

Carnaval broadcast rights are another controversial area — it is technically against the law to monopolize broadcast rights to the folia, but Globo seems to manage, year after year.

Hiding dollars in your underwear is what PT “nut cases” do.

In a  celebrated case, a PT legislative aide was caught with large sums of slush fund money down his pants.

But while there is no documentary proof of any PT “payola” scheme, or rather, if there is any documentary proof that money from Visanet was not spent properly on publicity, the Globo “payola” is richly documented by legal instruments that prove their existence.

Specifically, there are 12 documents in all, all of them reproduced at the end of this post … I apply the loaded term “payola” to Globo because the broadcaster cultivates its own lobbying ties in the congress.  It, too, uses money and influence to approve or to quell legislation.

Records relating to the 2006 case remained concealed because in Brazil, only negative documents relating to petistas are targeted for leaking.

I can testify to the basic truthfulness of this.

But everything relating to Globo, Dantas, and the PSDB remains under lock and key.

Even when an incident comes to light, the operation to keep a lid on the facts is invariably successful.  Witness the inertia with which the attorney general is dealing with the PSDB privataria case and the Supreme Court’s lethargy in moving forward with the trial of the “Minas Gerais payola” scheme.

The «payola of Minas Gerais» scandal shares many of the same players with the PT version and includes a spreadsheet purporting to show recipients and amounts of under-the-table cash. This and related topics are systematically minimized by the mainstream press.

Empowered more than ever by demonstrations in the street, we have politely asked the attorney general to investigate Globo’s tax evasion, demand the repayment of money owed the public coffers and convict those responsible.

The national syndicate of fiscal auditors estimates that tax evasion in Brazil amounts to nearly R$ 400 billion. Of this total, Globo responds for a significant percentage.

This fuzzy number seems exaggerated.

These revelations reinforce the need for the plebiscite [to be scheduled for later this year] to include measures relating to the democratization of media.

Brazil cannot remain hostage to a monopoly that, not content with manipulating and withholding information, also robs the public in the form of financial crimes.