Inside Brazil’s Dangerous Battle Over Fake News

By Mariana Palau

In the 2022 election campaign, Jair Bolsonaro and his followers may test the limits of democracy to protect their “right” to post.

This article is adapted from AQ’s special report on the battle over fake news | Leer en español | Ler em português On October 28, 2018, just a few hours after Jair Bolsonaro was voted the next president of Brazil, Cristina Tardáguila received an urgent call from her lawyer. He had reserved a seat in her name on a flight to Spain, departing just a few days later. “It isn’t safe for you in Brazil anymore,” she recalled him saying. Tardáguila is the founder of Agência Lupa, Brazil’s first and most prominent fact-checking agency. Based in Rio de Janeiro since 2015,...

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