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Brazil: Jail Term for Comedian Harms Free Speech

Expand Comedian Danilo Gentili during TV Show hosted by him. © Gabriel Cardoso/SBT A Brazilian court’s decision to sentence a comedian to prison for offensive remarks about a congresswoman could have a chilling effect on free speech, Human Rights Watch said today. On April 10, 2019, a federal judge sentenced Danilo Gentili, a political conservative, to 6 months and 28 days in prison for a video he posted on social media three years ago. In the video, he ripped up a notice he received from the Chamber of Deputies asking him to take down offensive tweets he had written about Maria do Rosário,…

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