• 08.06
  • 2004
  • 19:43
  • Thiago

Brazil to Expel Reporter


Brazil said on Tuesday that it would expel a New York Times correspondent who wrote on Sunday of publicly expressed concerns about the drinking habits of President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva.

Mr. Lula said the correspondent, Larry Rohter, chief of The Times´s bureau in Rio de Janeiro, deserved to lose his visa, Reuters reported. The presidential palace has denied that Mr. Lula has a drinking problem.

The Justice Ministry announced that it would cancel Mr. Rohter´s visa and said the article was ´´offensive to the honor of the president.´´

Bill Keller, executive editor of The New York Times, said that if Brazil ´´intends to expel a journalist for writing an article that offended the president, that would raise serious questions about Brazil´s professed commitment to freedom of expression and a free press.´´

Published: 05 - 12 - 2004, Late Edition - Final , Section A , Column 4 , Page 8
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