European Media Coverage of Brazil’s New Human Rights: 1964–1985

Abstract: Drawing from a study of Brazilians’ interactions with the transnational human rights movements and advocacy networks of the 1960s-1980s, this paper discusses the channels through which Brazilians’ concerns for rights and development during their military dictatorship reached audiences of national newspapers in Belgium, France, the UK, and Switzerland. It reveals, to a previously unacknowledged degree, the significant role played by Brazilian Liberation Theology in framing the country’s human rights struggles, and points to various ways that local environments and institutions influenced the framing of solidarity and news reporting on Brazil.

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