Pres­i­dent-elect Bol­sonaro tar­gets ‘ly­ing’ press

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SAO PAULO: Brazil­ian pres­i­den­t­elect Jair Bol­sonaro has re­vis­ited his most con­tentious cam­paign prom­ises, call­ing for looser gun laws, urg­ing SER­GIO Moro, A High-proile anti-cor­rup­tion judge to join his government and promis­ing to cut government ad­ver­tis­ing for me­dia that “lie.”

Bol­sonaro said he would nom­i­nate him to the Supreme Court. The next va­cancy on the court is ex­pected in 2020. Moro did not re­spond to re­quests for com­ment.

But As­canio Seleme, edi­tor in chief for the O Globo news­pa­per, wrote in a Tues­day blog post on the pub­li­ca­tion’s web­site that Moro should not ac­cept the of­fer to be­come jus­tice min­is­ter.

He has too much work to do on pend­ing cor­rup­tion tri­als, Seleme wrote.

Seleme added it would also bol­ster ac­cu­sa­tions from the Work­ers Party (PT), whose can­di­date Fer­nando Had­dad lost to Bol­sonaro in Sun­day’s vote, that Moro has a vendetta against the PT and worked to keep it from power.

The Globo news­pa­per, in a sep­a­rate ar­ti­cle cit­ing un­named sources close to the judge, re­ported on Tues­day that Moro was weigh­ing Bol­sonaro’s of­fer, feel­ing that he could re­as­sure cit­i­zens con­cerned the pres­i­dent-elect will not gov­ern demo­crat­i­cally.

Late on Mon­day, Bol­sonaro said in an in­ter­view with Globo TV that he would cut government ad­ver­tis­ing funds that low to Any “ly­ing” ME­DIA out­lets.

Dur­ing his cam­paign, the right-winger im­i­tated US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s strat­egy of ag­gres­sively con­fronting the me­dia. In par­tic­u­lar, he took aim at Globo TV and es­pe­cially Brazil’s big­gest news­pa­per, the Folha de S.paulo.

“I am to­tally in favour of free­dom of the press,” Bol­sonaro told Globo TV. “But if it’s up to me, press that shame­lessly lies will not have any government sup­port.”

Bol­sonaro was re­fer­ring to the hun­dreds of mil­lions of reais the Brazil­ian government spends in ad­ver­tis­ing each year in lo­cal me­dia out­lets, mainly for pro­mo­tions of state-run irms.

The UOL news por­tal, owned by the Grupo Folha, which also con­trols the Folha de S.paulo news­pa­per, used Brazil’s free­dom of in­for­ma­tion act as the ba­sis for a 2015 ar­ti­cle that showed Globo re­ceived 565 mil­lion reais in fed­eral government spend­ing in 2014. Folha got 14.6 mil­lion reais that year.

The fed­eral government’s sec­re­tar­iat for com­mu­ni­ca­tion, which tracks the ig­ures, DID not IM­ME­DI­ATELY re­ply for a re­quest on how much money the government has spent on me­dia ad­ver­tis­ing since 2014.

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