Lula da Silva dismissed the leadership of all public media in Brazil

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The coverage of the attempted coup caused discomfort among the ruling party. The president appointed journalist Kariane Costa as president of the Brazilian Communication Company, on which key media outlets depend

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Lula da Silva (Reuters)

The President of Brazil, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, dismissed by decree the management of all Brazilian public media outlets as a result of their treatment of the takeover of the three public powers in Brasilia on January 8.

The decision was adopted on Friday night and includes the appointment of journalist Kariane Costa as president of the Brazilian Communication Company (EBC), on which key media such as the news agency Brazil Agency, TV Brasil or the station Radio Nacional. The measure implies the opening of a transition and reorganization process at the EBC that will last about 30 days, the Brazilian Presidency reported in a statement.

The Brazilian press highlights that the direction of these media outlets was still in the hands of officials appointed by the previous president, Jair Bolsonaro, whose supporters stormed Congress, the presidential palace and the seat of the Federal Supreme Court a week ago.

Lula dismissed the current board of directors and let go of Glen Valente, former president of the company, and four other directors: the military Roni Baksys and Márcio Kazuaki, the director of Operations, Engineering and Technology, Pedro Marcos Boszcovski, and counselor Sirlei Batista. Instead, the Director of Content and Programming, Denilson Morales da Silva, was retained.

Precisely the coverage of the violent events in Brasilia would have been the trigger for the changes, since while the majority of the Brazilian media referred to Bolsonaro's supporters as “vandals” or “coup plotters”, the public media maintained the term “protesters”, reported government sources quoted by the daily Folha de Sao Paulo.

Lula da Silva dismissed the leadership of all the public media in Brazil

Bolsonaro supporters in the seizure of public buildings in Brasilia (Reuters)

Another source explained that they feared even more radical coverage by media outlets run by people close to Bolsonaro and the possible spread of anti-democratic ideasor even technical sabotage to interrupt the broadcasts and appearances of the Presidency.

The day after the assault on the three powers, the TV Brasil news program broadcast statements by Senator Flávio Bolsonaro, son of the former president, which was interpreted as a provocation by politicians from the ruling Workers' Party (PT).

Followers of former Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro invaded the Planalto Palace, headquarters of the Executive, and the Supreme Court, after having previously invaded the National Congress in coup acts against the president of Brazil, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva.

For her part, Kariane Costa had a stage of conflicts at EBC during the administration of Jair Bolsonaro. In 2021, it denounced that the entity practiced moral harassment against employees, and the company responded by accusing it of committing slander and defamation.

(With information from Europa Press)

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