Journalism and Political Democracy in Brazil by Carolina Matos Lecturer in Sociology City University of

By Carolina Matos Lecturer in Sociology City University of London

Journalism and Political Democracy in Brazil is an research into the complexities of the connection demonstrated among the media and the govt within the aftermath of the Brazilian dictatorship. It examines the position of the mainstream press within the strategy of the democratization of the Latin American country from 1984 to 2002 and inquiries to what volume the communications used to be in a position to provide contributions to the production of wider democratic areas for debate within the media's public sphere.Matos concludes that the industrial media did have a job in advancing the reason for democracy in Brazil, although restricted via political and financial constraints. via targeting the research of key post-dictatorship political and presidential campaigns, this e-book discusses the inherent pressure among the media and the Brazilian nation and exhibits how an important the effect of those campaigns used to be within the formation of strength hierarchies in society and politics. a tremendous paintings that highlights the fight for the broader inclusion social and political avid gamers within the media's ongoing discussion on democratization,Journalism and Political Democracy in Brazil presents an image of the different types of media that experience grown out of the varied political pursuits of Brazilian society.

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This research has adopted a primarily qualitative methodology with a limited focus on quantification to establish better generalizations and to identify certain thematic and political trends. Spicer (2004) has stressed the similarities that exist between the qualitative and quantitative methods, affirming that one can complement rather than exclude the other. Many feminist scholars have also began to defend the use of combined methods as a means of affording greater status to research and of pressuring for the advancement of specific policy issues (Spicer, 2004, 296).

Although it had been officially lifted, state censorship of the media was still used. The government of general Ernesto Geisel (1974–1979) was responsible for removing the censorship laws imposed on the press as well as the repressive measures of the Fifth Institutional Act of 1968, the AI–5, created on the year which inaugurated the so-called dark phase of repression of the dictatorship. Thus in 1984 it seemed that censorship was in fact a shadow that was lurking in every corner of the newsroom.

I have examined contradictory discourses present in particular socio-economic and political settings in Brazil, relating these to different social interests and identifying how they were articulated in the media’s public sphere. I have also looked at what is absent and present in a text and the impact of external factors, like professional journalistic ideologies, on media discourses. Ideology is a highly contested term which I do not wish to intellectually discuss here. I have preferred to use the word discourse.

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