Brazilian journalists called pit bulls, BBC wants more diversity

Here’s today’s MediaWireWorld roundup of journalism news from outside the U.S. Send tips to Kristen Hare: khare@poynter.org

1. Brazilian politician calls journalists “media pitbulls”: On Friday, Reporters Without Borders reported that Alberto Cantalice, the vice-president of the ruling Workers’ Party, named several journalists and said they were “stirring up hatred against the government.”

Those branded “enemies of the motherland” were not slow to respond. Describing the article as a “slanderous” piece of PT propaganda, (Demétrio) Magnoli said in a piece published in Globo that he was alarmed to see an official calling for opposition journalists to be “chased (…) in the street.” (Reinaldo) Azevedo, who works for the magazine Veja, said be would file a libel suit.

The report notes that, according to the Brazilian Association of Investigative Journalists, journalists’ rights have been violated 17 times since the World Cup started.

2. The BBC has new diversity targets: The BBC has a number of measures to increase the presence of minorities across the organization, including on and off air, Jason Deans and Tara Conlan reported in the Guardian on Friday.

“The BBC gets much right on diversity, but the simple fact is that we need to do more. I am not content for the BBC to be merely good or above average,” (BBC director general Tony) Hall said.

“I want a new talent-led approach that will help set the pace in the media industry. I believe in this and want our record to be beyond reproach.

3. No celebrating in Portugal: Even though Portugal’s last-second World Cup goal on Sunday kept the U.S. men’s soccer team’s from automatically advancing into the group of 16 for the next round, a few front pages today in Portugal weren’t celebrating the tie. This one (courtesy Newseum), comes from Jornal de Notícias, from Porto, Portugal.

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Here’s another view, from Público – Lisbon Edition, from Lisbon, Portugal.

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