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Press Freedom on the Media Agenda

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Author(s): Terezinha Maria de Carvalho Cruz Pires

Journal: Brazilian Journalism Research
ISSN 1808-4079

Volume: 3;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 255;
Date: 2007;
Original page

Keywords: Deliberative democracy | media | politics | press freedom | Federal Journalism Council.

ABSTRACT
This article proposes to present a refl ection on the meanings constructed by the Brazilian written press regarding media and democracy. For this, it was necessary to recompose a specifi c journalistic event: the submission to the Brazilian Congress of a bill to create the Federal Journalism Council by the Brazilian President, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, at the request of the National Journalists Federation in August, 2004. This procedure gave rise to something rarely seen: the media were in the spotlight and thus it caused a controversial debate to emerge on the public scene regarding the journalist profession, journalism and press freedom, involving a diversity of political subjects.

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