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Source: Diário do Centro do Mundo

Who created the defamatory Web site Folha Política and why are they concealing their authorship?

The right-wing Web site Folha Política is one of the major distributors of rumor and disinformation on the Internet. Its articles are anonymous, or else by-lined to a certain Lígia Ferreira.

The creator of the site is identified as Ernani Fernandes, listed on LinkedIn as of 2013 a law student who wrote articles attacking the number of ministries in the cabinet of President Rousseff.

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Lookup results for the site in question. Right-click to zoom

Fernandes is one of the founders of the MCC (the Anti-Corruption Movement) and sat for an interview at around the same time, two years ago, defending the creation of a new kind of news media organization. “The news media are biased and imprecise, suggesting a need for a more objective form of publishing information,” he said.

He is also the administrative contact provided in a lookup database for a site hosted on a hosting site called Orderbox-DNS.com:

superdominios.mercury.orderbox-dns.com.fernandes.emani.gmail.com

Result of search: server not found

The MCC was created during the municipal elections in São Paulo in 2012, during which it refrained from backing a candidate, criticizing both José Serra and Celso Russomanno. During the following year, however, it switched targets to the Workers’ Party (PT).

On the Web site of the MCC, there is a link recommending Folha Política, but the Folha does not link to its supporter, the MCC.

A reader of the DCM dug up some interesting data from a whois search, based on the ICANN, (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) database containing information about Internet domains.

A search for «Folha Política» shows that authorship information is concealed — anonymized, to quote a phrase — and that the site was registered on May 7, 2013, around the same time as the MCC interview. The domain is registered in Queensland, in Australia.

Services like privacyprotect.org act as hotel doormen — go-betweens who collect and deliver your mail for you to collect and sort whenever you wish.

But why pick a domain outside Brazil?

Gravataí Merengue, of the blog Implicante, said he did so because of the “undue exposure that Brazilian domains (.br) present.”

The same blogger accused of receiving R$ 70,000 from the Alckmin government alleges that the .org option takes advantage of the privacy laws practiced in the United States and reduces hosting costs.

Yes, hosting is cheaper offshore, but the actual fact is that these sites register themselves outside Brazil so that they will not have to follow Brazil’s Internet Civil Code, recently enacted.

The Folha Política seems to be following the example of Implicante in this respect.

Hosting really is getting cheaper in this respect, with the arrival of a Brazilian team from  GoDaddy.com — celebrated by a modest blitz of primetime cable TV publicity.  R$ 3.99 a month! I am thinking of checking into it myself.

If you type in the domain name of the Anti-Corruption Movement (MCC), the result omits the responsible party at the request of the domain owner. On the other hand, the LinkedIn entry for Ernani Fernandes shows that he divulges his ties to both sites.

Ernani, it seems, is also administrator of a business group called Raposo Fernandes.

More accurately, the Escola Filosófica Raposo Fernandes Carvalho, or the RFC Political Academy — an amateurish site which apparently makes reference to, or is an intellectual fellow traveler of, Boston-based Brazilian neo-Nazi intellectual Olavo de Carvalho, the Brazil right-wing’s ad hoc emissary to the U.S. neocon movement — although U.S. think tanks generally (a) are proud to be called to  neocons, (b) are required to file 990, and (c) just beginning to flower in Latin America with projects like the Instituto Millenium, though with less transparency.

This company is said to take the form of a “philosophical academy” and teaches humanities on its Web site. And if you access the fan page of this institution on Facebook, what do you find? Articles from Folha Política.

Performing a whois search on the philosophical academy, we find the name Ernani Fernandes Barbosa listed as owner, with a domain hosted in São Paulo.

The right-wing Web site Folha Política is one of the major distributors of rumor and disinformation on the Internet. Its articles are anonymous, or else by-lined to a certain Lígia Ferreira.

The creator of the site is identified as Ernani Fernandes, listed on LinkedIn as of 2013 a law student who wrote articles attacking the number of ministries in the cabinet of President Rousseff.

Screenshot from 2015-04-26 14:25:56

Lookup results for the site in question. Click to zoom

Fernandes is one of the founders of the MCC (the Anti-Corruption Movement) and sat for an interview at around the same time, two years ago, defending the creation of a new kind of news media organization. “The news media are biased and imprecise, suggesting a need for a more objective form of publishing information,” he said.

The MCC was created during the municipal elections in São Paulo in 2012, during which it refrained from backing a candidate, criticizing both José Serra and Celso Russomanno. During the following year, however, it switched targets to the Workers’ Party (PT).

On the Web site of the MCC, there is a link recommending Folha Política, but the Folha does not link to its supporter, the MCC.

A reader of the DCM dug up some interesting data from a whois search, based on the ICANN, (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) database containing information about Internet domains.

A search for «Folha Política» shows that authorship information is concealed — anonymized, to quote a phrase — and that the site was registered on May 7, 2013, around the same time as the MCC interview. The domain is registered in Queensland, in Australia.

But why pick a domain outside Brazil?

Gravataí Merengue, of the blog Implicante, said he did so because of the “undue exposure that Brazilian domains (.br) present.”

The same blogger accused of receiving R$ 70,000 from the Alckmin government alleges that is selected for the .org option to take advantage of the privacy laws practiced in the United States and to reduce hosting costs.

Yes, hosting is cheaper offshore, but the actual fact is that these sites register themselves outside Brazil so that they will not have to follow Brazil’s Internet Civil Code, recently enacted.

The Folha Política seems to be following the example of Implicante in this respect.

Hosting really is getting cheaper in this respect, with the arrival of a Brazilian team from  GoDaddy.com — celebrated by a modest blitz of primetime cable TV publicity.  R$ 3.99 a month! I am thinking of checking into it myself.

If you type in the domain name of the Anti-Corruption Movement (MCC), the result omits the responsible party at the request of the domain owner. On the other hand, the LinkedIn entry for Ernani Fernandes shows that he divulges his ties to both sites.

Ernani, it seems, is also administrator of a business group called Raposo Fernandes.

More accurately, the Escola Filosófica Raposo Fernandes Carvalho, or the RFC Political Academy — an amateurish site which apparently makes reference to, or is an intellectual fellow traveler of, Boston-based Brazilian neo-Nazi intellectual Olavo de Carvalho, the Brazil right-wing’s ad hoc emissary to the U.S. neocon movement — although U.S. think tanks generally (a) are proud to be named neocon, (b) are required to file 990, and (c) just beginning to flower in Latin America with projects like the Instituto Millenium.

This company is said to take the form of a “philosophical academy” and teaches humanities on its Web site. And if you access the fan page of this institution on Facebook, what do you find? Articles from Folha Política.

Performing a whois search on the philosophical academy, we find the name Ernani Fernandes Barbosa listed as owner, with a domain hosted in São Paulo.

Another author becomes active in 2013. His name is Allan Carvalho and he describes himself as a business student and national coordinator of the MCC.

DCM tried to reach Ernani Fernandes, via e-mail. We asked him whether his Folha is an information service of the MCC, whether he was really the founder, who the editor was, why the majority of the content was published anonymously and whether the site was involved in any legal disputes. As of the publication of this note, he has not responded.

In its two years on the air, Folha Política has practiced a rabid anti-journalism in the service of a political militia. The MCC does not have the moral courage to admit its pro-PSDB orientation, even as it exclusively attacks PTs [and its allies].

Web site Folha Política and why are they concealing their authorship?

The right-wing Web site Folha Política is one of the major distributors of rumor and disinformation on the Internet. Its articles are anonymous, or bylined to a certain Lígia Ferreira.

The creator of the site is identified as Ernani Fernandes, listed on LinkedIn as of 2013 a law student who wrote articles attacking the number of ministries in the cabinet of President Rousseff.

Fernandes is one of the founders of the MCC (the Anti-Corruption Movement) and sat for an interview at around the same time, two years ago, defending the creation of a new kind of news media organization. “The news media are biased and imprecise, suggesting a need for a more objective form of publishing information,” he said.

The MCC was created during the municipal elections in São Paulo in 2012, during which it refrained from backing a candidate, criticizing both José Serra and Celso Russomanno. During the following year, however, it switched targets to the Workers’ Party (PT).

On the Web site of the MCC, there is a link recommending Folha Política, but the Folha does not link to its supporter, the MCC.

A reader of the DCM dug up some interesting data from a whois search, based on the ICANN, (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) database containing information about Internet domains.

A search for «Folha Política» shows that authorship information is concealed — anonymized, to quote a phrase — and that the site was registered on May 7, 2013, around the same time as the MCC interview. The domain is registered in Queensland, in Australia.

In its two years on the air,FolhaPolítica has practiced a rabid anti-journalism in the service of a political militia. The MCC does not have the moral courage to admit itspro-PSDB orientation, even as it exclusively attacksPTs [and its allies].The structure of this network of defamation remains a mystery, but this manner of fueling hatred  on the social networks may be bearing fruit.

Traceroute

Other useful ICANN databases are TRACEROUTE, which maps the “hops” a package makes between origin and destination, and LOOKUP, as illustrated above.

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Movement (MCC), the result omits the responsible party at the request of the domain owner. On the other hand, the LinkedIn entry for Ernani Fernandes shows that he divulges his ties to both sites.

Ernani, it seems, is also administrator of a business group called Raposo Fernandes.

More accurately, the Escola Filosófica Raposo Fernandes Carvalho, or the RFC Political Academy — an amateurish site which apparently makes reference to, or is an intellectual fellow traveler of, Boston-based Brazilian neo-Nazi intellectual Olavo de Carvalho, the Brazil right-wing’s ad hoc emissary to the U.S. neocon movement — although U.S. think tanks generally (a) are proud to be called neocon, (b) are required to file form 990, and (c) are just beginning to flower in Latin America with projects like the Instituto Millenium proliferating in a regulatory vaccum.

Traceroute

Another useful ICANN database is TRACEROUTE, which maps the “hops” a package makes between origin and destination.

proxyview

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