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Brazil has charged award-winning journalist Glenn Greenwald with a crime for engaging in journalism.

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“We stand with Glenn Greenwald and The Intercept’s team in Brazil and demand that prosecutors respect press freedom and drop this blatant politically motivated charge.”

Over 40 press freedom and civil liberties groups have signed a letter denouncing the charging of Greenwald, a letter that reads in part:

"These charges represent a straightforward attempt to intimidate and retaliate against Greenwald and The Intercept for their critical reporting on messages that appeared to show a judge advising federal prosecutors how to prosecute cases he was presiding over in the 'Operation Car Wash' investigation. Further, by charging Greenwald with a cybercrime the government has essentially criminalized engaging in legitimate journalistic practices, which threatens to have a chilling effect on journalists and sources alike."

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Also raising concern about these charges is former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, who has published these words in the Washington Post:

"Imagine how American history would have unfolded if, in the 1970s, members of the public and the authorities had been more concerned with attacking and investigating Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward than with seeking the truth about the Watergate scandal. If Congress and the FBI had decided to investigate the Post reporters and their sources, and not the wrongdoing of the Republican Party."

Sadly, U.S. history does provide a recent precedent for Brazil's action.

Greenwald believes that -- given the close relationship of Trump and Brazil's far-right president, Jair Bolsonaro -- Trump's indictment of WikiLeaks' Julian Assange for the crime of journalistic publishing provided the green light to Bolsonaro to persecute Greenwald.

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P.S. RootsAction is an independent online force endorsed by Jim Hightower, Barbara Ehrenreich, Cornel West, Daniel Ellsberg, Glenn Greenwald, Naomi Klein, Bill Fletcher Jr., Laura Flanders, former U.S. Senator James Abourezk, Frances Fox Piven, Lila Garrett, Phil Donahue, Sonali Kolhatkar, and many others.

Background:
>> Freedom of the Press Foundation: "Over 40 press freedom and civil liberties groups denounce Brazil’s charges against Glenn Greenwald"
>> Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva: "Charges against Glenn Greenwald reveal the rot in Brazil’s democracy"
>> Rolling Stone: "Glenn Greenwald: ‘Does the Law in Brazil Even Matter Anymore?’"
>> New York Times: "Glenn Greenwald Charged With Cybercrimes in Brazil"

 

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