In a sequence of 23 tweets this Sunday (6), Secom (Secretary of Communication of the Presidency) attacked The Economist magazine after the special report “It’s time to go” about Brazil, with ten pages that address topics such as the economy , corruption, the Amazon and prospects for the country.
One of the critics incorrectly translated the British magazine’s term. Secom claims that The Economist advocated the removal of the president. The correct phrase is “the priority is to defeat him at the ballot box” and not “the priority is to eliminate him”.
“Is the article making a frightening apology for the murder of the president?” asks one of Secom’s tweets, number 14.
Jair Bolsonaro’s government Secom accuses the British magazine of producing a “fallacious, histrionic and exaggerated” narrative.
“The Economist magazine buries journalistic ethics and goes beyond all limits of public debate,” reads the first tweet. “With the aim of attacking the President of the Republic and influencing the political direction of Brazil, it distills a rhetoric of organized fans and ends up, in fact, attacking the intense work of the Brazilian government, the autonomy of the Brazilian nation and Brazilians as a whole .”
In one of the excerpts from the special section, the magazine states that it is necessary to carry out reforms, fight corruption and defend the Amazon, “but it will be difficult to change the course while Bolsonaro is president. The most urgent priority is to get him out by vote.”
The government’s long response is based on the finding of the magazine’s publication about the difficulties for the country if Bolsonaro is re-elected.
“What is The Economist talking about? What course would they like to change?”, asks Secom, then lists measures taken by the government during the Covid-19 pandemic.
The following tweets mention the state of emergency in public health “even before the WHO decreed a pandemic”, investments in combating Covid-19, population vaccination, emergency aid, GDP growth and even job creation.
“Of course, with its insane rhetoric, the magazine seeks to discredit all the undeniable work in defense of life and preservation of jobs, freedoms and dignity of Brazilians. Under the guise of criticism of the president, The Economist strikes Brazilian nation,” says the answer.
In an excerpt of the reaction that reverberated on social media, Secom summarizes the magazine’s “narrative of the text”. “The president would be a dictator who would be killing his own people; his supporters would be willing to wage civil war and the army would be willing to intervene if the president loses the next elections.”
In addition to responding to the magazine, the Bolsonaro government questions alleged contradictions in the text of the special section and accuses the magazine of “youth leafleting” by pointing out the risk of devastation in the Amazon.
“In other words: it seems that the desperation of the Economist and of militant, undemocratic and irresponsible journalism is for the President of the Republic to be ELIMINATED as soon as possible, before he and his government complete the excellent work they do for the good of Brazil” , ends Secom.