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The Untouchables | A Case of Infotainment in the Brazilian Press


Prosecutors violate ethics with newspaper portrait, profile.

Source: O Cafezinho

The worst sort of noxious, egotistical, boorish tendencies in the thinking of our intellectual delete is expressed in the bare-faced political and media campaign that the prosecutors of Operation Car Wash have carried to ensure that executives of works contractors do not have their basic rights protected and that the government does not execute plea deals in order to preserve jobs and accumulated technical know-how.

More, the federal prosectors are violating a number of laws and ethics codes as they pose for a magazine cover photo.

First of all, they have violated the Public Ministry code of ethics, which calls for the protection of impersonality and neutrality in relations with the press.

This ethics code, like the law as a whole, obeys the spirit of justice and the democratic principle.

The prosecutor represents the plaintiff, where the State is the accuser. For the sake of fairness, the position of the defense should also be presented.

One of the prosecutors sums up brilliantly the psychotic selfishment that seems to dominate certain sectors of the federal prosecutor’s office:

“The Comptroller-General was established to control acts of corruption by civil servants, not to guarantee jobs,” said Carlos Fernando Lima, in an interview with the Folha.

Yes, but the concerns of nearly 500,000 workers is more than a job description, it is a moral obligation.

Ethical sensitiviy is not only used in combating corruption: It is above all a humanist sentiment toward other human beings.

In this case, it has to do with half a million workers who cannot pay with a lifetime of service so that a handful of prosecutors and judges can procuradores can satisfy their ego.

If Brasil is able to survive this hostile environment, in which a necessary struggle against corruption is transformed in a political weapon to provoke a deep social and economic crisis, interested in nothing else but criticism of the government, we will have taken a major step in the direction of our future.

The comparison of the prosecutors with the [Brian de Palma film] “The Untouchables,” moreover, could not be more ridiculous and incorrect.

Eliot Ness fought Al Capone, who lived mostly on the illegal sale of alcohol.

The public works contractors and consortium, the target of federal prosecutors, are responsible for the construction of all our hydroelectric plants, roads, bridges, airports, port facilities, railways, electrical substations, oil platforms, and so on.

Not to mention the key important difference.

Al Capone was eventually jailed for tax evasion.

Those who ought to appear on the cover of a daily newspaper, then, hailed as heros, are the prosecutors of Operation Zelotes, an investigation into a tax evasion scheme that may well have siphoned off R$ 20 billion from the public coffer