Brazil elec­tion a laugh­ing mat­ter

The Scotsman - - International -

BRAzIL’S elec­tion is a laugh­ing mat­ter again, at least for now.

Car­los Ayres Britto, vice-pres­i­dent of the coun­try’s Supreme Court, has sus­pended a rule ban­ning TV and ra­dio pro­grammes from pok­ing fun at can­di­dates in the coun­try’s 3 Oc­to­ber elec­tions.

The ban hurts con­sti­tu­tional prin­ci­ples of free ex­pres­sion and cre­ates pro­gram­ming re­straints, Britto said. His rul­ing will be de­lib­er­ated next week.

Brazil’s top elec­toral court, the Supreme Elec­toral Tri­bunal, in 2009 added an amend­ment to the coun­try’s elec­toral law that pre­vents “any use of au­dio or video that in any way de­grades or ridicules po­lit­i­cal par­ties.”

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