Minister of Communications defended freedom of expression and the press; Deputy Flávio Bolsonaro said that the PT wants to ‘execute its power project’, which includes ‘silence all opposing voices’

Carolina Antunes /PRFábio Faria questioned the former president’s speech and defended freedom of expression

The Minister of Communications, Fabio Faria, countered statements by former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva on the regulation of communication in Brazil. The Workers’ Party (PT) published a speech by the PT member on social networks, in which he stated that “it is necessary to update the regulation of communication in this country”. Traveling through the Northeast, Lula said that it is necessary to resume the discussion. “It is necessary to update the regulation of the communication system from the country. The newspaper owner has the right to have an editorial, but in the information he cannot ideologize. The information is what happened and we will have to discuss this,” he said. Fábio Faria questioned the ex-president’s speech.

“The PT has repeatedly talked about media regulation, and just yesterday it repeated it again. We are in 2021 and we have to fight for freedom of expression and the press, as the government defends Jair Bolsonaro. We don’t want to set back,” he stated in the Twitter. Deputy Flávio Bolsonaro also spoke about the declaration. “If the PT comes back, it won’t be as ‘nice’ as before. Its leaders are old and want to carry out their power project, their perfect society, and that means silencing all opposing voices by putting a cute name on these measures, such as ‘regulating communication’”.

*With information from reporter Camila Yunes

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