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.
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