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Globo | Shredding the Documents?

Globo's DARF file

Globo’s DARF file, 2002-2013

Source: Revista Fórum.

Brazilian blogger Miguel de Rosário has an interesting project underway: a challenge to Brazil’s leading, privately owned media organization to “publish your DARF” — that is to say, divulge your Documento de Arrecadação de Receitas Federais (Documentation of Federal Tax Revenue).

The case involves Globo’s use of offshore corporations to acquire broadcast rights to the 2002 World Cup without paying taxes on them.

Volunteers pitching in on the project have gained FOIA-like access to the case file and found that it had disappeared from the files of the federal tax authority.  Promoters have set up a Facebook page to organize the blog-in, which has attracted 3,572 RSVPs.

Now, as a result of digging through the paperwork, a civil servant at the tax authority has been charged with misconduct. Tijolaço calls her “a rotten orange” of the media organization — “orange” here is a metaphor for front man or facade.

The case of tax evasion committed by Globo is far from over with the arrest of a corrupt civil servant at the tax authority who during her vacation visited her workplace and made off with the tax evasion case file having to do with Globo’s R$ 615 million conviction in the case.

The fact is, the case is only just beginning.

It is obvious that Globo paid off — and handsomely — this lady to risk her job by concealing the documents.

And it is obvious that Globo had a motive to do so. Six million motives, in fact.

So the little fish takes the fall while the big fish gets away?

This is a federal crime within the jurisdiction of the Polícia Federal.

Was the telelphone of Cristina Maris wiretapped?

With whom did she speak?

And the banker of the scheme?

Who paid her off?

Where are the Polícia Federal of Dr. Cardozo?

Where is the opposition to demand “a complete investigation” of the case?

Where was the Jornal Nacional, which abstained from covering a story that would certainly improve its ratings substantially?

The only response came from Supreme Court minister Gilmar Mendes, the “Dantesque” minister, who granted the poor lady a writ of habeas corpus.

“Dantesque” as in having to do with rogue investment banker Daniel Dantas, who was granted two habeas corpus writs when  threatened with arrest and detention for various charges, included a bribery charge for which he was later found guilty. It’s a  long story

Is she not covered by “dominion of the fact” represented by the disappearance of a R$ 600 million case of tax evasion, Minister?

The reference is to a legal doctrine used in the «monthly payola» trial to convict ranking officials.

Globo has nothing to do with it, is that it?

Cristina Maris is just a rotten “orange,” used by the most powerful company in Brazil.

According to Rodrigo Vianna, the civil servant in question was filmed removing the files.

The curtain is just going up on the biggest scandal of the 21st Century.
Not even Globo will be able to hide it.

In the next 48 hours or so, the story will hit the newspapers, because the Internet will break down the wall of silence that the Empire was able to maintain in the past.

And here comes the interesting part: can hacktivists really take the story viral in a reader-friendly manner? The narrative of the sneaky civil servant is certainly much more comprehensible in human terms than slogging through official documents. She has been sentenced to four years in prison, found guilty of doing other “favors,” and has lost her civil servant status.

Thumbing through the documents published so far is giving me a case of bureacratic brain burn as well, but prominent communist (PCdoB) journalist Altamiro Borges of Vermelho and the Baron of Itararé Institute has taken an interesting crack at it.

Miro  challenges Globo’s insistence that it is not hiding information on open tax-related legal sanctions.

At any rate, we consider ourselves partially satisfied to know that Globo admits its confused conduct in the case. The tax authority has concluded that the company engaged in a serious, well-documented tax evasion scheme, and levied fines.

An open question remains whether Globo paid its fine or not. Globo said it has, but my Deep Throat says it has not. If it has been, why is the case still listed as “in process”?

Media companies, and especially those in countries in the process of developing democracy, like Brazil, have alarming characteristics: concentrated ownership; the power to destabilize governments; the power to cover up the corruption of its allies; and an ideological slant that is deeply anti-labor, anti-national and anti-popular.

And now we are discovering another face of  the native media: It evades taxes, commits crimes against the financial system, and launders money in fiscal paradises.

I repeat: it is not just a matter of divulging the company’s Darf. It is not a mere case of tax evasion. We want the government to stop injecting public funds into the account of the billionaire Globo.

Here would be a nice space for laying out a spreadsheet showing government spending on TV advertising, the vast majority of which goes to Globo — an odd fact given the network’s stated commitment to “the meritocracy of the market.”