French newspaper Libération could be described as an icon of leftist thinkers. Maybe that will explain its bias headline toward a “leftist” party. Two days before the second round that will choose the next president of Brazil, I was surprised to read on its front page: “Dilma Rousseff, almost queen of Brazil”. The Libération also says that “Lula’s heir will surely be elected on Sunday”..
Where are democratic values?
We Brazilians have the origin of our political values founded on the European history and tradition. Values of democracy that imply the liberty of the people to choose. Does anyone has the capacity to predict the outcome of an election? If one argue that the pools say that Dilma will be the next president of Brazil, well the polls were wrong in the first round some weeks ago.
Liberty of press and democracy
The foreign press tend to see Lula as a champion of democracy and social justice. Not an undisputed fact. Most of the Brazilian press has declared support to the opposition candidate, José Serra. The argument is that Lula’s administration has consistently mined freedom of speech and made advances toward the control of opinion.
Pass the front page: Marina Silva
To be fair with Libération, they also bring a good interview with Marina Silva, the defeated candidate of the Green party.