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The Violent Images From Brazil That You Didn’t See In the Media

July 10, 2013

By Carmem Domingues

1_photoAs more and more Brazilians took to the streets in massive protests across the country — some of which resulted in violence — international media outlets started taking notice. Although coverage was scarce at first, it has since increased. (See my previous PolicyMic article for more on the poor media coverage at the beginning of the protests).

Throughout the week, CNN and MSNBC displayed Brazil-related links at the bottom of their homepages, if at all. I was certain that on Friday, June 21, news of millions of people who had taken to the streets the previous day would be at the fore.

I was wrong. Even that morning, CNN’s main headline (in huge bold letters) concerned the last 60 days of Michael Jackson’s life. Their “CNN World” page had a large image of “Solstice celebrations worldwide,” with a small link about the protests in Brazil off to the side.

Not even the violent end to the night in Rio was enough to draw attention to the protests. That Friday, the MSNBC home page had only a tiny link to a story about the death of a teen at Thursday’s protest. Next to it, the truly relevant story of the day was given some well-deserved attention (with an image and everything): the “new stroller-skateboard combo” that targets urban parents. Similarly, their world news page had only a small link.

The New York Times redeemed itself, providing better and more accurate coverage as the protests continued, including a couple of front-page stories in their print edition. Too bad the days of print newspapers, especially among our generation are pretty numbered. Their online edition did not share the emphasis: a focus to the protests that Friday morning soon gave way to a piece entitled “When a Founder is the face of the brand.”

I wonder why coverage was still nowhere close to what we saw with the Arab Spring, or the recent protests in Turkey, despite the millions of people in the streets of dozens of cities, in a country as huge as Brazil. (It also happens to have the world’s sixth largest economy, overtaking Britain.) Read the rest of the story at Policymic.


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