Censorship By Omission: Six Crucial Facts in Lula Case Missing From Northern Media

Six facts currently being censored through omission in the Northern media about Lula’s Supreme Court Judgement.

by Brian Mier

1) The issue at stake is not related to a “battle against corruption” but whether the Supreme Court will uphold the 1988 Constitution, which stipulates that the accused have the right to play out their appeals processes in freedom.

2) There is no material evidence against Lula. It’s not a matter of “the opinion of his defense lawyers”. It’s a fact that can be read by anyone in his judgement and has been confirmed and repeatedly commented on by Queens and UN Council Geoffrey Robertson, and hundreds of legal scholars, including conservatives.

3) Whereas there is no physical evidence connecting Lula to any personal enrichment or bribes of any kind, there is a mountain of physical evidence implicating illegal collaboration between Brazilian prosecutors and the US Department of Justice. The media is ignoring, for example that defense lawyers filed a motion of dismissal based on this illegal collaboration.

4) Operation Car Wash/Lava Jato is a product of the US Department of Justice, FBI and SEC, which will in effect prevent a leftist candidate from being elected president this year and therefore continue and deepen the handover of Brazilian natural resources like petroleum and water to Northern Multinationals.

5) The US Department of Justice has collected nearly $1 billion in fines from Brazilian companies, shutting down several of them in the process and causing 500,000 job losses in the destabilisation leading up to the 2016 Coup.

6) Chief Lava Jato prosecutor/judge Sergio Moro is under investigation for political persecution against Lula by the UN Human Rights Commission.

Maybe 5 years from now the Guardian, New York Times and Washington Post will engage in public hand wringing and apologies for their collaboration in the destruction of Brazilian democracy. These apologies, if they ever come, will be too little, too late.


By Brian Mier

Writer, geographer and former development professional who has lived in Brazil for 26 years. Former directorate member of the Fórum Nacional de Reforma Urbana (National Urban Reform Forum). Has lived in São Luis, Recife, Salvador, Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo. Author of “Os Megaeventos Esportivos na Cidade do Rio de Janeiro e o Direito á Cidade” (CEPR: Porto Alegre. 2016). Editor of "Voices of the Brazilian Left" (Sumare: São Paulo. 2018). Editor of "Year of Lead: Washington, Wall Street and the New Imperialism in Brazil" ((Sumare: São Paulo. 2019) Irregular correspondent for the Chicago radio show This is Hell.