Future of public communication in Brazil under debate

The recent election of Jair Bolsonaro for the Brazilian Presidency has motivated many questions about the political, cultural and social destiny of the country. Both in the academic field and in civil society, one of the concerns that gravitate in public space has at the center of the debate the future of public communication.

In an interview to TV Record, at the end of October, Bolsonaro announced that TV Brasil (of the EBC group) would be privatized or extinguished. On Twitter, Tereza Cruvinel, former president of EBC, reacted to this announcement considering that the extinction of the channel “deforms the public communication system”.

With a tradition much more recent than that of the public service of means in Portugal, the system of public communication in Brazil is going through a new period of uncertainties. Created in 2007 to manage federal public radio and television stations, EBC (Empresa Brasil de Comunicação) has been facing the threat of extinction since 2016.

Although there is no certainty as to what will actually happen from January 2019, when Jair Bolsonaro will take office as President, the next edition of the Permanent Seminar on Communication and Culture Policies will question the dangers that Brazil has to face in terms of Communication. Is invited to this session, scheduled for Tuesday, November 20 (at 2:30 pm in the ICS), Sylvia Moretzsohn, journalist and retired professor at the Fluminense Federal University.

Sílvia Moretzsohn was a journalist, worked in several newspapers in Rio de Janeiro in the 1980s. In the last 23 years, she was a professor at Universidade Federal Fluminense. She was also a collaborator of the Press Observatory, between 2012 and 2015 and is a researcher at OBJETHOS, Observatório da Ética Jornalística, headquartered at the Federal University of Santa Catarina. In January she gave an interview to Think Tank Communitas, where he considered that “journalism is increasingly necessary.

[Text by Madalena Oliveira | Published 15-11-2018]