Blog of the International Journal of Constitutional Law

Tag: freedom of the press

  • The News Media and Democracy under Bolsonaro: A “Trump of the Tropics”?

    —Juliano Zaiden Benvindo, University of Brasília and National Council for Scientific and Technological Development Democratic backsliding is certainly a hot topic in Brazil, especially after the election of the far-right President Jair Bolsonaro. Such a trend could already be observed in an empirical study Zachary Elkins wrote based on the Varieties of Democracy (V-DEM) Index 2017, where Brazil is placed in what he calls “trouble spots” among other eight countries: Nicaragua, Poland, Thailand, Turkey, Hungary, Ecuador, Venezuela and Bolivia.[1]