Brazil under Bolsonaro

Leonardo de Carvalho Leal and Mayara Stelle administer the Twitter account Sleeping Giants Brazil, a platform for activism whose stated mission is to attack the financing of hate speech and dissemination of fake news, Dec. 11, 2020.

Will Brazil’s ‘Fake News Bill’ regulate disinformation or stifle free speech?

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Brazil ranks third in the world for the most social media usage, following India and Indonesia. Now, a controversial, 3-year-old bill is weaving its way through Congress. It could regulate social media platforms in the same way as TV and radio. The “Fake News Bill” has staunch supporters, but some also accuse it of being a form of censorship.

Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva celebrates with his wife Rosangela Silvaand running mate Geraldo Alckmin after defeating incumbent Jair Bolsonaro in a presidential run-off to become the country's next president, in Sao Paulo, Brazil

Brazil’s Lula to reclaim presidency after beating Bolsonaro

Children play in a flooded area of Leticia, Colombia, Feb. 14, 2017, located by the Amazon River, on the border with Brazil and Peru.

Brazil’s neighbors wary of environmental impact of a Bolsonaro victory

A demonstrator dressed in the colors of the Brazilian flag performs in front of a street vendor's towels for sale featuring Brazilian presidential candidates, current President Jair Bolsonaro, center, and former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, in Bra

Lula battles Bolsonaro for chance to defend the poor again in Brazil

Supporters of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro wave Brazilian flags during a motorcycle campaign rally in Pocos de Caldas, Brazil

Tense atmosphere as voters head to the polls in Brazil’s most diverse elections ever

Former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva speaks during his announcement of his candidacy for the country’s upcoming presidential election, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Saturday, May 7, 2022.

Brazil’s Lula makes a comeback on a campaign to defend democracy

Former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva is making a comeback with a campaign for democracy and unity against far-right incumbent Jair Bolsonaro.

A friend of 24 year-old Congolese immigrant Moïse Mugenyi Kabagambe, holds up a sign during a protest to demand justice for his violent death, at Barra da Tijuca beach, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Saturday, Feb. 5, 2022.

‘African. Worker. Killed’: Thousands demand justice for killing of Congolese refugee in Brazil 


Moïse Kabagambe, 24, was beaten to death while attempting to collect unpaid wages. His death has spurred calls for justice and accountability in a country where a young Black person is killed every 23 minutes. 

A health worker gives a shot of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to 8-year-old Indigenous youth Davi Seremramiwe Xavante at the Hospital da Clinicas in São Paulo, Brazil, Jan. 14, 2022. 

Omicron hits Indigenous communities in Brazil as fake news and denialism undermine vaccination efforts


In Brazil, 1,258 Indigenous people have died from COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic.

Christians raise their hands in praise during an International Grace of God Church event led by televangelist R.R. Soares, with President Jair Bolsonaro in attendance, at Botafogo beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020. 

Progressive evangelicals in Brazil wage a battle ‘against Bolsonaroism’ ahead of elections


Evangelical Christians will play a powerful role in keeping President Jair Bolsonaro in power. But support may be slipping as evangelical progressives begin to organize against Bolsonaro ahead of next year’s elections.

Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro, right, greets his new Justice Minister Andre Mendonça during his swearing-in ceremony at the Planalto presidential palace, in Brasilia, Brazil, Wednesday, April 29, 2020. 

Evangelicals in Brazil ‘have taken power’ with latest Supreme Court justice appointee


Attorney and pastor André Mendonça’s spot on the Supreme Court holds profound significance for evangelicals in Brazil — and the Bolsonaros.