Repression in Brazil: Past and Present Fernão Lara Mesquita

2011 Oslo Freedom Forum
May 10, 2011

Brazilian journalist Fernão Lara Mesquita explains Latin America's censorship crisis, and warns that autocrats in the region are openly waging war against the media. Another "menace to democracy" that Mesquita fears is the merging of companies into large corporations, driven in part by the need to compete with China's huge conglomerates. However, the story of Mesquita's family, whose newspaper has fought censorship for over a century, gives him hope that these challenges can be overcome. Censorship and the concentration of wealth are serious dangers to free speech, but even they can be overcome by people ready to rise to the challenge of resisting injustice.