Estefânia Maria de Queiroz Barboza, Diego Werneck Arguelhes, José Rodrigo Rodriguez, Emilio Peluso, Gustavo Buss
DISINFORMATION AND ATTACKS ON THE 2022 ELECTIONS IN BRAZIL
Brazil is currently living a turmoil in its democratic and constitutional stance.
The Human Rights Watch added Brazil to the autocratic leaders’ club after the election of Bolsonaro. The 2019 World Human Rights Report pointed a “great risk to public safety” as he “openly encourages the use of lethal force by the military and police”, also highlighting the threats arising from his endorsement of torture and instigation of violence against opposers and the press. Additionally, the Varieties of Democracy (V-Dem) downgraded Brazil’s classification from a liberal democracy to an electoral democracy in 2020. In 2021, reinforcing the existence of a broad global movement of autocratization, V-Dem warned that, in a period of ten years Brazil ranked 4th among the 10 main countries that advanced in this process of democratic erosion.