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Brazilian President Bolsonaro Calls Journalists Dirty From the Streets

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Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro lost his composure during a press conference on Monday. He told a journalist to shut up and labelled media group Globo, Brazil’s largest media conglomerate, “poop”.

 

“Shut up! You are assholes. You do rotten journalism. It’s useless. You are destroying the Brazilian family, the Brazilian religion,” the president shouted out of his mind at a journalist from TV Globo, who had asked him a question about wearing a mouth mask.

In particular, the journalist reminded the president that he was fined in several Brazilian states for participating in demonstrations without a mask.

“I go where I want and how I want, okay? If you don’t want to wear a mask, don’t wear one,” he said, then brusquely ripped off his mask. “Look, put this in your television news: I’m not wearing a mask! Satisfied now?” said Bolsonaro, who has been targeting the press since taking office in January 2019.

“Globo are shit journalists (…) Anyone who watches this channel is a victim of disinformation. Shame on you,” Bolsonaro continued.

In response, the Globo group said afterwards that “it is not with outcry or intolerance that the president will stop or restrict the media in their work”.

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