Charges against Glenn Greenwald prompt concerns over international press freedom
Glenn Greenwald at the Moment of Truth event in Auckland, NZ, September 2014. (Robert O’Neill CC2.0)
The Brazilian government filed cybercrimes charges against American journalist Gleen Greenwald, raising concerns of attacks on press freedom at the outset of 2020. Greenwald is most known for his Pulitzer Prize-winning reporting on Edward Snowden in 2013.
Though last year was technically the safest for journalists since 2002, 25 journalists were killed for their work according to the Committee to Protect Journalists. That number dropped significantly from 56 in 2018.
Despite the decline, watchdogs and politicians argue attempts to silence journalists for reporting reflect the dangers and censorship faced by journalists globally. The murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul’s Saudi Arabian consulate last year brought this issue to the forefront.
According to the Daily Beast’s Lloyd Grove, the Brazilian government accused Glenn Greenwald (who is based in Brazil) of hacking into “the cellphones of public officials and prosecutors” for an investigative piece exposing state corruption.
Tobias Hoonhout of the National Review wrote that Greenwald’s reporting on government corruption had earned threats of “jail time” from Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro. As a result, the charges have been labelled an attack on press freedom by the international community and Greenwald’s publication, the Intercept Brazil.
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