Free Speech On the Run in Brazil? Judges Ban Bully, Wordpress Blogs

April 11, 2008 -
Free expression does not seem to be an especially important concept in Brazil these days.

The nation which banned Counter-strike and Everquest in January has now blocked sales of Rockstar's T-rated Bully. As reported by the Associated Press:
Judge Flavio Rabello prohibited the game from being imported, distributed, sold or promoted on Web sites or in stores in Latin America's largest nation, said Rio Grande do Sul state prosecutor Alcindo Bastos. Companies have 30 days to comply with the judge's order.

"The aggravating factor is that everything in the game takes place inside a school," Bastos said. "That is not acceptable."

There are also reports that a judge has issued an order to block Brazilians from accessing blogs hosted by Wordpress.com. Of this news, the Brazilian blog Terramel writes:
Is Brazil the new China?

...The order to block wordpress.com was sent to Abranet who sent it to all associated ISPs. In an interview, Eduardo Parajo, Abranet’s president said: “We must not discuss a court order, we must obey it. Since it’s not possible to block only the [particular] blog’s address, all the access to any wordpress.com sites will be forbidden in Brazil”.

Now lets think a little about it… They didn’t said what is the blog and the reason to block it.. Is there really a blog and reason? Or may it be just an excuse to shut up bloggers, who are seen as a threat by the brazilian government, the brazilian justice and the brazilian tradicional media? There are millions of brazilian bloggers speaking about the corruption in the our government and in the brazilian court.

Via: Techdirt

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Isn't GP, I'm not sure whether directly or indirectly, a WordPress blog?

I mean, when I'm signed it, it is a Wordpress account, isn't it? It's a little confusing to me, but I know WordPress applies somehow. I know it shows up when the GP main site is down.

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[...] Brazil, which has in the past blocked YouTube and banned a host of video games, has now banned the blog Wordpress.com, and therewith all the blogs that use it, according to Game Politics (via Techdirt). There are 1 million Brazilian blogs alone on this service, according to Terramel, a Brazilian blog. It is apparently, like the YouTube block, an instance of hyperventilating overreaction to a single “offender” of some sort. Though which blog and which offense is uncertain. [...]

@ Mad scientist,

Check out the Wikileaks incident in the united states then, not only in Brazil.

Have fun.

The ability to profit off a Brazil-exclusive blogging service is astounding.

Even when times are tough, kids still need clothes. Now they can have name brand clothes below wholesale.

[...] wrote an interesting post today onHere’s a quick excerptFree expression does not seem to be an especially important concept in Brazil these days. The nation which banned Counter-strike and Everquest in January has now blocked sales of Rockstar’s T-rated Bully. As reported by the Associated Press: Judge Flavio Rabello prohibited the game from being imported, distributed, sold or promoted on Web sites or in stores in Latin America’s largest nation, said Rio Grande do Sul state prosecutor Alcindo Bastos. Companies have 30 days to comply with the judge’s order. [...]

LOL In a country where they make bestiality porn, they ban Bully?

THIS is why Americans better not give up their guns..

Why do I have a feeling that Jack Thompson had a hand in this?

Awaiting a victory email from him along the lines of "Dennis has been banned in Brazil, hooah!"

No one better let them see Persona 3...

Archibald Buttle is quaking in his patent leather shoes right now...

@Rhade,

I'm afraid I do not follow. What does that statement have to do with anything mentioned? Is shutting down blogs a necessity to arm against?

Anyway, a country that has the skimpiest beach wear, and a gianormous nekkid street festival.. and I also believes hosts world orgasm day? (I could be wrong there)... They ban speaking? Very different culture from us here, where we'd rather have severed heads then sex or gay kissing.

@Eargear:

You're also forgetting Brazil is home to one of the largest juvenile prostitution ring in the world...

-Sighs.- What's wrong with all the countries suffering around the USA...? -Gasps at her anti-americanism!-

@IllegallyMindedJohn

Many would argue that yes, shutting down blogs enmass is a necessity to arm against. Particularly in cases like this where it seems that the government is banning speech to keep people from speaking out against its corruption.

-Sighs.- What’s wrong with all the countries suffering around the USA…? -Gasps at her anti-americanism!-
Uh. Brazil is quite a ways away from the US.

@Ashton

Laugh, it's friday!

And... if it's land-accessible, it ain't far enough.

Kinda reminds me of what the idiots did in Finland. The Brazil thing is probably for the same reason...child porn. Although I guess since nobody is allowed to discuss it, who knows what it's for.

@ IllegallyMindedJohn

Like Grey17 said.

It sets the precedent for further restrictions. In addition to that, there is an observable trend around the world and even in the US to criminalize and/or restrict speech. This is nothing new of course, and neither is the natural response to a tyrannical action.

When you have only a few monolithic corporations intertwined with the government feeding you their particular brand of bullshit, the need for independent press is made even more evident. It provides a choice. That's why you see such a massive popularity in indie news and a decline in corporate news today.

To be honest, I think the state of the US, despite contrast to China or now Brazil I guess, merits a peaceful revolution and logical return to strict constitutional adherence.

And as they say.. those that make peaceful revolutions impossible, make violent revolutions inevitable.

/shrug

And now I'm flagged by the NSA.. =P

Yay! I'm banned in Brazil. I'm notorious :D

blimin eck...
I thought the Aussies got it bad...

In a country and part of the world that excells in coke production is worried about bully. Irony.

The Favelas are so violent, they should be banned.

Grahamr: Lets not forget that even being violent, the favelas have voters ;D I dont want to say bad things about brazilians, specially because I am brazilian, but people here have low memory... You can fuck the life of a brazilian and get him really pissed, but 1 or 2 weeks later he will forget about it...

And like I said before, people here in Brazil really dont know the meaning of freedom... They think freedom is carnival, sex, porns... They prefer the "bread and circensis" that the government and the media give them.. They really dont care about freedom of speech, about books... the brazilian government now uses lots of excuses to take away our freedom and the people applaude... Recently in the city of Sao Paulo, I guess, 4 libraries where shut down. The government said it was closed because noone was reading...

Most brazilians are afraid of books, afraid of new stuffs, afraid to use their brain... The government do a lot of shit and uses lame excuses like "protecting the children", but do you know Xuxa? Xuxa is woman who hosted televisions shows for children in Brazil... She is also known here by the nickname: "Queen of the Little Children"... But if you look at her past, you'll now that when she was about 20 years old, she made a brazilian movie when she had sex with a 10 year old boy... Search for it... the name is "Amor, estranho amor". After she got fame doing children television shows, she went to the court to try to get that movie banned and to take away all of her pictures she had on Playboy and other magazines... She is still known as "Queen of the Little Children", she is still RICH and FAMOUS, mothers still buy her toys and music for children, and brazilians dont even remember what about that movie or about the playboys...

Shame ;//////

So have they started using books as fuel to burn down all the rainforests yet?

By the way... My blog is hosted in Wordpress... If wordpress really gets blocked around here, I'll probably keep using it with Tor or other proxies.. And I'll probably start posting only in english because brazilians readers wont be able to see it anyway...

Wait, wait, wait, I'm confused.

Brazil is a pathetic excuse for a country, they've got so, so many problems and they decide to ban certain video games?

There's something not right about that.

Wow, that really doesn't read well. Wonder what they have against educational institutions that they would ban a game for making players emulate scholastic subjects and defend the bullied.

@ Coravin

Self-reliance and self-defense are highly undesirable for a Police State or Nanny State, they have to be removed.

Damn, another frickin ass of a judge who wants to have his name on the newspaper... just the thing about bully, it's plain stupid to ban sales of any video games around here. Piracy is always at high because prices are ridicilously high, anything banned will be still traded around P2P. We even have sales of pirate copies of games and movies out in the open, crowd filled centers of cities.

As for the wordpress... I really wanted to know the motivation behind it. We had youtube blocked for a few days once, because of a video scandal of a certain actress called Daniela Cicarelli, who was having sex on a beach in Spain, so another piece of crap judge issued an order to ISPs to remove acess to the video at any cost. It was terrible P.R. for her, and it didn't hold for long, but bloggers seem more vulnerable.

In the end, any and all nations have hypocrites in goverment and judiciary institutions, dealing with non-issues and trying to censor everything and their mom, instead of doing SOMETHING WORTH DOING. It's a world-wide problem. I agree with Terramel. It's just like Rome, but we have damn carnival and stupid, empty skull soccer as circus, and as for the bread... well, government pays monthly some crap called "Bolsa Família", a help fund for the empoverished to do NOTHING, just sit their asses and buy booze and drugs. It's essentially "buy the voters".

I hate this country, and I REALLY want out.

PS: My apologies for the rant, but I really got angry with that one.

I'm sure we'll see a massive decline in the level of juvenile delinquency and violence in the favelas now.

/sarcasm.

Hey you know what else takes place in a school, the learning of history and new ideas, lets ban that like you just banned a game which teaches how bulling is wrong...

and while you are at it, you should ban google and the internetz cause they let your people learn about the world around them and what is happening in their own country... like the banning of all wordpress.com websites....

Dang, this is exactly what banning games leads to... banning of blogs... I wonder how long till newspapers and school books are also banned...

Ah, banning wordpress based blogs? How lovely. Hopefully that ban will be overturned, like the youtube ban, but still quite unpleasant for the citizens of Brazil.

Here's hoping/praying that the crazy power judges have in Brazil is dealt with soon.

I know the game relation to this story is the banning of Bully, but next to the banning of over a million blogs, it kind of doesn't look so bad. Still pretty stupid itself though.

IllegallyMindedJohn

Everyone know severed heads cause teen pregnancy

@ Shaesyco

But severed heads aren't a waste of time like teen pregnancy, smack, or video games.

[...] gamepolitics.com: Brazil bans Bully [...]

“The aggravating factor is that everything in the game takes place inside a school,” Bastos said.

Uh... no, it doesn't. But hey, who can be expected to actually experience the game prior to a banning?

I'm just wondering why there deciding to ban it now considering it's been out for over a year and a half (remember, it did come out for the PS2 first). If it's such a threat, why didn't they make this retarded decision then?

"Is Brazil the new China?"

Personally, I hate that statement. The reason why we Chinese can't buy Western video games is no one gives a damn about video games, they all go after the big greasy online games. I lost count about how many online games we have that are from Korean, and tons of copy-cat money grabbers. There is few companies or publishers that still making single-player games, or import western games. Beside, if a game in US is sold for $50~60, we will have the same thing for 50~70 Yuan (chinese currency), but USD to Yuan is 1:7, if Western game companies want to make the same profit in China, each video games have to sell for 200~300+ Yuan (not including importing fees and tax). Will you buy a game that is worth this much? I doubt it.

The thing I hate is the Western politicians so call "Freedom & Justice". Just see how those pig politicians use medias (*cough Fox *cough CNN) to toy with the public about Chinese Olympics.

Ah lovely sex and nudity is not bad but good god you question authority and the shy starts falling, socialism FTW!

The point that Brazil and other oppressive countries don't get is that, government is supposed to be pro-people, not pro-government.

And this is strange, seeing that I have recently ran across a few Brazilian blogs a few days ago. On Blogger, though, not Wordpress. Would they ban Blogger as well?

Besides, even if they manage to block Wordpress, what's from keeping a bunch of local blogging services and startups to pick up the pieces and provide Brazilians with a way to express their views again?

No wonder Brazil can't seem to protect the rainforests, They are merely acting like an awesome country, and ignoring all the problems.

I do do wonder which country will go to hell first; United States, England, Brazil, Germany, or China? I ask this because I wonder when people will get fed up with this crap their own countries are try to pull and do something about it. Somebody needs to draw the line in the sand.

[...] Via GamePolitics.com, a disturbing story in two parts. [...]

 
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