On the day Brazil reached half a million dead, Saturday, June 19, thousands of people took to the streets across the country to demand Jair Bolsonaro’s impeachment. It was the second mass protest against the far-right president, but unlike the previous one, in May, this time the media ensured wide coverage of the protests–which were on the cover of the country’s main newspapers.
“The media gave extensive coverage to the new protests, pointing out that the demonstrators participated in the protests wearing masks and trying to maintain some social distance, despite some pockets of agglomeration,” said Eduardo Barbabela, a political scientist at the State University of Rio de Janeiro.
He also notes that the emphasis given by the media on the protective measures “is important to highlight the responsibility of the protests in a pandemic period and strengthen the credibility of the demonstrations with the population that heard from this same media that they should not leave home, much less gather.”
Full article at Latino Rebels’ website. Date of publication: 30/06/2021.