Bolsonaro Says He Will No Longer Speak to The Press

President said the press should no longer appear every morning at Palácio do Alvorada

President Jair Bolsonaro said on Thursday (5) that he will no longer speak to the press because the press, according to him, "does not disclose the truth".

In his weekly social media broadcast, the president also said that the press should no longer appear every morning at the Palácio do Alvorada.

"Are you tired of seeing the press here saying that I attack the press every day. Suppose you go to work and go to a place, right, and every day you get mugged. What do you do? You take another way; you won't be assaulted, be beaten in the same place. If the press says that I offend you every day, what are you doing there every day (Alvorada)? Until you start spreading the truth, we won't talk to the press anymore, forget it", said.

Jair Bolsonaro, at the Federation of Industries of the State of São Paulo. Foto: Alan Santos / PR

Bolsonaro also complained about the repercussion of last year's GDP (Gross Domestic Product) result, presented on Wednesday (4) by IBGE, with an increase of 1.1%. The figure is lower than initially projected by the market and consolidated 2019 as the third year in a row of weak growth in the Brazilian economy.

"We see the press, on the other hand, criticizing, you know. Speaking badly of GDP. Blah, blah, blah  I don't know what. If the press produced truth, Brazil would be much better, for sure. But it does not I've been without talking to the press for almost two weeks. What happens, when you speak, they misrepresent. When you don't speak, they make it up," he said.

Bolsonaro also attacked Folha's headline this Thursday, which featured the episode involving humorist Márvio Lúcio dos Santos Lourenço, from TV Record.

Translated by Kiratiana Freelon

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