Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Editorial credit: Shawn Eastman Photography / Shutterstock.com

Brazil

Brazil is a democracy that holds competitive elections, and the political arena is characterized by vibrant public debate. However, independent journalists and civil society activists risk harassment and violent attack, and the government has struggled to address high rates of violent crime and disproportionate violence against and economic exclusion of minorities. Corruption is endemic at top levels, contributing to widespread disillusionment with traditional political parties. Societal discrimination and violence against LGBT+ people remains a serious problem.

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Freedom in the World — Brazil Country Report

Brazil is rated Free in Freedom in the World 2022, Freedom House's annual study of political rights and civil liberties worldwide. 

In the high-stakes battle between states and technology companies, the rights of internet users have become the main casualties. Illustration by Mitch Blunt

Freedom on the Net — Brazil Country Report

Brazil is rated Partly Free in Freedom on the Net,  Freedom House's comprehensive study of internet freedom around the globe.