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13 Apr 2016

Brazil: JBS and 4Buzz deny allegations of defaming human rights journalist & contributing to increased threats

Leonardo Sakamoto has been repeteadly receiving threats and agressions. He is a renowned and committed human rights journalist and defender, director of the NGO Repórter Brasil, a leading Brazilian NGO to combat forced labour. He is also a blogger at UOL. Sakamoto is a journalism professor at PUC-SP (Pontifical Catholic University of Sao Paulo), a visiting scholar in the Department of Politics at the New School in New York, and adviser to the United Nations Voluntary Trust Fund on Contemporary Forms of Slavery. Sakamoto has suffered once again defamation. This time, allegations are against JBS and 4Buzz. The companies are accused of disseminating a defamatory text against the journalist and activist through an ad at Google. The companies have denied the accusations. The activist alleges that the defamation has contributed to increasing the number of threats, physical and verbal agressions.

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