At the time of writing, Brazil is the second worst affected country in the world, in terms of cases and deaths, after the United States.
For our journalist colleagues there, the pandemic has brought significant pressures, but also a growing realisation that – even under attack for the work they do – the pursuit of ethical journalism is absolutely crucial in fighting the crisis.
As well as reporting on the most important story in living memory, one that has brought the health system of their vast country almost to its knees, Brazilian journalists have been verbally attacked by their country’s president Jair Bolsonaro, and faced increased physical and online harassment – in a country that has long been one of the world’s most dangerous for journalists. In addition, they have been exposed to increased economic pressures that have threatened their jobs and journalism practice, while been forced to navigate a swathe of misinformation.
For this piece, we heard from several Brazilian journalists who shared with us their perspective of how they have navigated the challenges of this year.
We are grateful to our colleagues at the Brazilian Association of Investigative Journalists (ABRAJI) for this Portuguese translation of our infographic for responsible reporting on the pandemic.