Bolsonaro Appeals to the Supreme Court against Moraes' Decision to Suspend Allied Accounts

Supporters of the president were targets of the order of the Supreme Minister in the fake news inquiry

President Jair Bolsonaro, through the Attorney General's Office, filed a lawsuit against the Supreme Court (Supreme Court) against the decision of Minister Alexandre de Moraes to suspend social media accounts of government supporters.

The Direct Action of Unconstitutionality was filed after Moraes ordered Twitter and Facebook to remove accounts of influencers, business people, and politicians from Bolsonaro.

(200723) -- BRASILIA, July 23, 2020 (Xinhua) -- Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro attends the flag-raising ceremony at his official residence in Brasilia, Brazil, July 22, 2020. Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro again tested positive for the novel coronavirus, indicating he must remain in isolation, the president's office said on Wednesday. (Photo by Lucio Tavora/Xinhua)

In a piece also signed by Bolsonaro, the AGU does not directly mention those investigated but criticizes judicial measures such as the one taken by the minister.

The lawsuit asks the plenary of the Supreme Court to suspend the decisions of the courts that "have granted criminal precautionary measures to block/ban/suspend social network profiles".

According to the government, measures in this direction are against the Constitution. "In a healthy democracy, freedom of speech must be full, and freedom of the press must be complete."

"Blocking or suspending a profile on a social network deprives the citizen that his opinion can reach the general public, echoing his voice in a comprehensive way. Nowadays, in practice, it is like depriving the citizen to speak", the lawsuit said.

Translated by Kiratiana Freelon

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