Whoever you are – journalist, teacher, businessperson, activist – you may have stopped to think twice before speaking out against the current government if you live in Brazil. In 2019, the risks of retaliation took on a dimension that Brazilians had not seen for a long time.
We are living in a moment of deep democratic tensions.
Many people still believe these are isolated cases or unfortunate statements without major consequences. Words can trigger real incidents and are reason for consternation. However, what we have seen, unfortunately, goes far beyond words.
We are witnessing an escalation of facts that confronts our democratic foundations. There is a coordinated pattern that systematically undermines constitutional rights and freedoms.
Through this journal, Pacto pela Democracia (in English, Pact for Democracy) makes explicit an undergoing process of democratic degradation in the country. We hope that in 2020 Brazilian society will be able to reverse it, rescue the right to freedom of expression and live with integrity and respect.
We will work tirelessly for this!