“The type of coverage provided by O Globo of the protests over improvements in public education is unacceptable. Rather than engage in a serious discussion with the issue proposed by SEPE, the Rio state teachers union, it dedicates more space to the violence generated by clashes between civilians and the military police, in an attempt to terrorize the reader and more or less omit the issue in question — a vital issue, the improvement of working conditions for the public schoolteacher.
The cover of O Globo on October 17, in which it refers to those arrested arbitrarily by the PM on the stairway leading into the Municipal Legislature, shines the spotlight on three persons, punning on their names — (Noisy Little Bell, who defends anarchists) — playing with stereotypes (the Bahian is back in jail, with his musical gift and his marijuana habit) and bottoming out with a supposedly comical definition of political participation: “I got (politically) engaged and then I got shot.”
A few weeks ago, O Globo published a timid mea culpa for its support of the military regime. They believe that a public who knows how to read, interpret, and reflect, will ignore its headlies. This history is so self-evident that you yourselves have had to recognize who consistently supported the regime, and that these people live among us.
Anyone who attended the October 15 event, or shares content on the social network,already knows how the coverage misrepresents the facts.
We ask you to withdraw the absurd first page in question and that you genuinely investigate why the 70 persons taken to maximum security prisons were detained.
Below, a transcript of the cover story with some commentary. Does anyone have access to an image of the cover?
Yes, as it turns out.
It gives me the creeps, the way in which the Brazilian press uses labeling as an instrument for singing the samba of prejudice.
The criminal suspects is invariably “the bandit,” “the bum,” “the evil-doer,” the meliante. Police press conferences have no scruples about exposing the suspect to a noisy perp walk. The vigilante culture rules the afternoon reality TV newscast.
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