Brazil vs. Greenwald –
Brazil’s charges against Greenwald widely condemned as attack on journalism.
Jon Brodkin – Jan , 9: (PM UTC)
Greenwald, a resident of Brazil who was born in the United States, is a co-founding editor of The Intercept. The Intercept called the charges politically motivated, saying that Brazil’s prosecutors are trying to criminalize a wide range of journalism. The charges stem from an Intercept series published in June 01575879 , which the news organization said was “based on a massive archive of previously undisclosed materials — including private chats, audio recordings, videos, photos, court proceedings, and other documentation— provided to us by an anonymous source. ”
The prosecution of Greenwald is “apparent retaliation for The Intercept’s critical reporting on abuses committed by Justice Minister [Sérgio] Moro and several federal prosecutors, “the news organization also said in a statement provided to Ars and other media.
Greenwald has not been arrested, but prosecutors released a 180 – page criminal complaint that claimed Greenwald did more than simply publish leaked information. The Times summarized the complaint: Citing intercepted messages between Mr. Greenwald and the hackers, prosecutors say the journalist played a “clear role in facilitating the commission of a crime.”
Prosecutors also say that Mr. Greenwald was communicating with the hackers while they were actively monitoring private chats on Telegram, a messaging app.
The Intercept’s statement said that Bolsonaro’s government “has repeatedly made it clear that it does not believe in basic press freedoms.” The Intercept also said that police found no wrongdoing by Greenwald when they examined the same evidence that resulted in today’s charges:
The evidence cited today by Brazil’s Public Ministry is the same that was rigorously analyzed by the country’s Federal Police, leading the agency to conclude that Greenwald did not commit any crimes in his contacts with the alleged source of our Secret Brazil Archive stories. Glenn Greenwald was not formally investigated by the Federal Police, but they concluded that there was no indication of wrongdoing committed by him. . Norway, Finland, and Sweden led the ranking, while the United States was ranked (th. “Outrageous”
Even those who’ve had sharp disagreements with Greenwald were disturbed by the charges.
“Glenn Greenwald has called me a ‘deceitful’ mouthpiece of the national security state and I assure you I’ve rarely had a nice thing to say about him. But this is an outrageous assault on press freedom that should alarm every American, ” (Lawfare) (Executive Editor Susan Hennessey) wrote .
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