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Founded in 2011 by women journalists, Agência Pública is the first non-profit agency for investigative journalism in Brazil. Our courageous public-interest reports have been republished by over 900 outlets in the past year, under Creative Commons agreements.

Minister Damares Alves has become an icon in the conservative political camp, the political 'godmother' for women candidates who defend the protection of children and the anti-abortion crusade.
Inspired by the far-right president Jair Bolsonaro, Brazilian mayors have been distributing chloroquine and ivermectin to treat Covid-19 ahead of municipal elections in November. Translated by Tom Gatehouse, as part of LAB’s ongoing partnership with Agência Pública. You can read the original article (in Portuguese) here. The anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine came to global attention in March when Donald Trump hailed it...

Brazil: The FBI and Lava Jato

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Leaked documents have revealed the cosy relationship between Brazilian prosecutors and the FBI in the Lava Jato (Car Wash) investigations – including a meeting kept secret from the Dilma Rousseff administration.
For the university professor João Cezar de Castro Rocha, Bolsonaro and his followers are defined by a revanchist and revisionist vision of Brazilian history. This narrative justifies the systematic creation and elimination of enemies, while simultaneously making it impossible to govern. Translated by Tom Gatehouse, as part of LAB’s ongoing partnership with Agência Pública. You can read the original article...
The 2,000 figure is an estimate by Brazil’s Federal Police, who have been carrying out operations in the reserve since March. Raposa Serra do Sol is normally home to 22,000 people. This report is part of an Agência Pública project entitled Amazônia sem Lei, which investigates violence related to landholding registration, demarcation of indigenous reserves and agrarian reform in the...
The Brazilian state could organize an effective response to the COVID-19 pandemic – but not with Jair Bolsonaro as president, argues Vladimir Safatle, a philosopher and professor at the Universidade de São Paulo This interview was conducted by Marina Amaral for Agência Pública, LAB’s São Paulo partner. It was published on 6 April, before the sacking of health minister Luiz...
This article was researched and written by José Cícero da Silva for Agência Pública, LAB’s São Paulo partner Translated for LAB by Tom Gatehouse. You can read the original (in Portuguese) here. 1 April 2020: We talked to five communications activists on the frontline of the fight against the pandemic in peripheries and favelas in five of Brazil’s state capitals The first...

Brazil’s Women of Virtue

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In Damares Alves, Minister for Women, Family and Human Rights, Brazil’s evangelical churches have a representative at the very heart of government. To understand what these churches expect of their female worshippers, three Agência Pública reporters attended services and events during 2019.
The anthropologist Eduardo Viveiros de Castro discusses indigenous resistance in the Amazon, the indigenous leader Raoni Metuktire, and his pessimism about the climate crisis Translated by Tom Gatehouse. You can read the original, longer interview, (in Portuguese) here. This is the third in a series of articles written and published in Portuguese by Agência Pública, São Paulo and translated and published in...
In 2017, Brazilian authorities decided to ban paraquat because of its links to Parkinson’s disease. But since then, imports have increased, and restrictions have been relaxed due to pressure from foreign chemical companies. Translated by Tom Gatehouse. You can read the original (in Portuguese) here. This is the second in a series of articles written and published in Portuguese by...

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