WASHINGTON – The New York Times reported this morning that Glenn Greenwald, award-winning investigative journalist and a founding member of our board of directors, has been charged in Brazil with “cybercrimes” for reporting on leaked cellphone messages showing widespread corruption of Brazilian public officials.
Glenn Greenwald is our friend and long-time colleague, and he has bravely fought for journalistic freedom throughout his entire career. These sham charges are a sickening escalation of the Bolsonaro administration’s authoritarian attacks on press freedom and the rule of law. They cannot be allowed to stand. We call on the Brazilian government to immediately halt its persecution of Greenwald and respect press freedom—as the Brazilian Supreme Court has already ordered them to do. In the meantime, we dearly hope Glenn is safe and is able to continue doing his job as a journalist.
We will not be intimidated by these tyrannical attempts to silence journalists. I am working right now on new reporting and will continue to do so. Many courageous Brazilians sacrificed their liberty and even life for Brazilian democracy and against repression, and I feel an obligation to continue their noble work.