Skip to comments.Satire banned in Brazil ahead of presidential election
Posted on 08/18/2010 10:41:30 AM PDT by LibWhacker
Brazil's comedians and satirists have been banned from making fun of candidates ahead of the nation's presidential election in October.
The legal ban could last until a possible runoff on Oct 31.
Brazilian performers are planning to fight for their right to ridicule with protests in Rio de Janeiro and other cities on Sunday.
Dubbed the "anti-joking law", the relic of Brazil's 1964-1985 dictatorship prohibits ridiculing candidates in the three months before elections.
Critics say the ban threatens free speech and is a blight on the reputation of Latin America's largest nation.
"Do you know of any other democracy in the world with rules like this?" asked Marcelo Tas, the acerbic host of a weekly TV comedy show that skewers politicians and celebrities alike.
(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...
This article HAS to be satire . . .
Oh ... and don't tell McCain ...
We’re in no position to point and laugh at Brazil. Recall McCsin-Feingold.
I’m sure Cass Sunstein is taking notes
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