No satire or parody in Brazil

August 18th, 2010 at 11:00 am by David Farrar

If you thought the Electoral Finance Act was bad enough, it is even worse in Brazil:

Brazilian TV and radio broadcasters are legally forbidden from making fun of candidates ahead of the nation’s October 3 election.

With the first wave of on-air political adverts starting today, ’s comedians and satirists are planning to fight for their right to ridicule with protests in Rio de Janeiro and other cities next Monday.

They call the political anti-joking law – which prohibits ridiculing candidates in the three months before elections – a draconian relic of Brazil’s dictatorship era that threatens free speech and is a blight on the reputation of Latin America’s largest nation.

But believe it or not some politicians defend it:

Proponents of the restrictions say they keep candidates from being portrayed unfairly, help ensure a level playing field and encourage candour by candidates.

Which party in New Zealand would be most likely to support such a law I wonder?

The effects of such a law in New Zealand would be fascinating I suspect Jane Clifton and Claire Trevett would end up sharing a jail cell :-)

Danyl at the Dim Post would be in solitary confinement.

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5 Responses to “No satire or parody in Brazil”

  1. Graeme Edgeler (3,272 comments) says:

    Danyl at the Dim Post would be in solitary confinement.

    There’s now a broadcast version of the dim-post? Why wasn’t I informed?

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  2. rouppe (932 comments) says:

    The electoral Finance Act was the same thing with another name

    Proponents of the restrictions say they keep candidates from being portrayed unfairly, help ensure a level playing field and encourage candour by candidates.

    More or less the same as Annette King: “This will save us from the Bretheren!”

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  3. gravedodger (1,526 comments) says:

    Very proscriptive when those who so often act as clowns and comedians can not be lampooned. The comedy candidates provide can quickly become soo boring when it can’t be expanded by a wordsmith.

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  4. Redbaiter (13,197 comments) says:

    Amazing how some drooling idiots will abuse the democracy other people have died to obtain.

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  5. burt (7,945 comments) says:

    So has Brazil currently got a socialist govt with a train wreck economy but the socialists just want one more term because their dear leader wants to set some sort of socialist victory of lasting more than a few terms before being ejected to save the economy.

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