FILE PHOTO: Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro posed at the Elvorada Palace in Brasilia, Brazil, on July 24, 2020, during an outbreak of coronovirus disease (COVID-19) during a ceremony to demolish the national flag at night. REUTERS / Adriano Machado
Brazilian President (Reuters) – Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has challenged a Supreme Court order that blocked several profiles of his supporters on social networks amid ongoing fake news investigations, the southeast president said. The president said on Saturday evening using his own social media account.
The lawsuit, signed by the President and Brazilian Solicitor General Jose Levy, stated that the Supreme Court’s ruling by Justice Alexander de Moras violated the constitutional rights of the owners of the accounts.
Blocking of accounts was effective from Friday.
The Supreme Court suspended 16 accounts and 12-page digital effects defending Bolsonaro on social media, including politicians, businessmen and political activists with Twitter (TWTR.N) And Facebook (FB.O) Accounts. None of the suspended accounts belong to federal government employees or have an official relationship with the federal government, while all belong to Bolsonaro supporters.
The role of the Solicitor General is to argue the current government’s position on matters.
Moras said that “it is his order to block accounts sought to disrupt hateful criminal speeches.”
According to the president’s claim – the text of which Bolsonaro had published on his social media accounts – he was challenging Moraes’s order to ensure compliance with fundamental rights. [including] Freedom of expression and freedom of expression… ”
The president’s lawsuit calls for immediate unblocking of the affected accounts, arguing them to be “defying the Constitution”.
Reporting by Lysandra Paraguasu in Brasilia; Writing by Ana Mano; Editing by Daniel Wallis