'Constitution is expressed by prohibiting censorship', says Cármen Lúcia in an audience with STF artists

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BRASILIA - At a public hearing at the Supreme Court (STF) on Monday, 4, artists criticized the Jair Bolsonaro government's policy on the culture sector. The hearing was called by Minister Cármen Lúcia, rapporteur of an action of Rede Sustentabilidade against decree of the Presidency of the Republic that changes the structure of the Superior Council of Cinema and transfers it to the Civil House.

For the party, the measure aims to censor the Brazilian audiovisual production through the emptying of the council.

“I read in recent days that this Supreme Court would debate censorship in the cinema. Wrong. Censorship is not debated, censorship is fought, because censorship is a manifestation of the absence of freedoms. And democracy does not tolerate it. That is why Brazil's Constitution is expressed by prohibiting any form of censorship, ”said Carmen at the hearing.

“We are not here to debate censorship, but to hear from experts about rules that can lead to limits that may be what the Federal Constitution prohibits and which will be the subject of a technical-legal judgment by the eleven ministers of this House.”

The minister noted that the Brazilian judge faces "many difficulties", but assured that it will continue to make the Constitution prevail with "all difficulties".

One of the audience participants, actor Caio Blat said that censorship "is back, installed in this country, filthy, in disguise." “What happens is that censorship has come back worse than 64 and 68. It was institutional and now what is being done is ideological, veiled cleansing, trying to exclude the weak, trying to exclude diversity, ”said Blat.

“We are daily aware of parts being canceled because the Brazilian government is promoting culture through state-owned companies and we are aware of parts cancellation every day. Advertisements canceled because they showed the sexual diversity of the country, ”he criticized.

Musician Caetano Veloso, who also attended the hearing, also criticized the Bolsonaro government's policy on culture.

“The government will say that it does not prohibit art, that it is not arresting or interrogating authors, that artists are perfectly free to express their ideas, their sexuality, their religions. There is no longer a censorship department, no longer a censorship post, which the state does not intend to prevent the dissemination of any work, ”said Veloso.

"Unlike the past, the state only reserves the right not to fund artists and themes that are not in disagreement with the project that was made at the ballot box by the majority of the people," he added.

For the Executive Secretary of the Civil House of the Presidency of the Republic and the Superior Council of Cinema, José Vicente Santini, the council went to the Civil House because "it is a priority. "The most important matters of the Republic are in the Civil House," he said.

Searched for the report, the Planalto Palace did not speak until the publication of this text.

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