Lula fires EBC directors after broadcaster calls vandal a protester

The assessment is that the state company was far from the attitude adopted by other press machines, aiming to minimize the acts.

Marianne Holland and Julia Chybe
Brazil D.F

President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva (PT) on Friday evening (13) dissolved the entire board of the EBC (Empresa Brasileira de Comunicação) and appointed journalist Cariane Costa as president on an interim basis.

The change in command has been accelerated since the editorial line adopted in the coup acts last Sunday (8), according to aides to the chief executive. The directors were still under the leadership of former president Jair Bolsonaro (PL).

The assessment is that the state company was far from the attitude adopted by other press machines, aiming to minimize acts.

One member of the government cited as an example that the headquarters of the three powers called the vandals protesters instead of vandals or coup organizers.

Another said the fear was that the summit appointed by Bolsonaro was more radical in its coverage of the coup act. There were fears that the company would eventually be used to promote anti-democratic ideas or be some kind of technical sabotage, intercepting, for example, broadcasts from the presidency.

The day after the coup, the newspaper TV Brasil broadcast the congressional session and presented a quote from Senator Flavio Bolsonaro (PL-RJ), which was interpreted by PA members as a provocation.


In this way, Secom (Secretary of Communications to the Presidency) under which EBC is subordinate, decided to move in EBC. Within the next 30 days, the office must begin the process of reorganizing the company and removing Bolsonarians from key positions.

Cariane participated in the transition cabinet through the communication task force and has the confidence of minister Paulo Pimenta.

He is currently a member of the company’s board of trustees in the vacant position representing home servers. The panel determines the editorial line and guidelines for the vehicle.

Therefore, his name has already been approved by the State Property Law, a process that takes about 30 days and which all nominees have yet to go through.


Cariane is thus taking over the presidency on an interim basis and will “lead the transition process to the new management that will be implemented in the coming months,” Planalto said in a statement.

The journalist has been in the state company for more than ten years. He served as editor from August 2012 to February 2014. He has been a political reporter ever since.

“I have accepted the invitation of President Lula and Minister Paulo Pimenta to lead the transition process for the resumption of the EBC’s mission on an interim basis. Thank you for your trust. Together we will rebuild our company,” Kariane said on social networks.

Pimenta, on the other hand, said that on Friday he will begin a transition at the company “that will lead to strengthening public communications, employee evaluations and improving management.”


The minister also appointed four women to support the transition in advisory or leadership positions; Juliana Cézar Nunes, company employee; and journalists Nicole Briones and Flavia Filippini.

Both Cariane’s appointment and the acquittal of the directors appointed by Jair Bolsonaro (PL) were published in Friday’s supplementary edition of the Official Gazette. The president, the general director, the director of journalism and administration were dismissed. Content Manager, Denilson Morales da Silva, is a career server at EBC and continues to lead.


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