Wednesday, 18 August 2010

Fix the Chaser boys - follow Brazil

I suppose it would be one way to fix those Chaser boys.

Satire banned in Brazil ahead of presidential election - Telegraph:

Brazil's comedians and satirists have been banned from making fun of candidates ahead of the nation's presidential election in October.

"Dubbed the 'anti-joking law', the relic of Brazil's 1964-1985 dictatorship prohibits ridiculing candidates in the three months before elections.
Critics say the ban threatens free speech and is a blight on the reputation of Latin America's largest nation.
'Do you know of any other democracy in the world with rules like this?' asked Marcelo Tas, the acerbic host of a weekly TV comedy show that skewers politicians and celebrities alike.
'If you want to find a bigger joke, you would have to look to Monty Python.'
Proponents say the restrictions keep candidates from being portrayed unfairly, help ensure a level playing field and encourage candour by those seeking to replace centre-Left President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.
Making fun of candidates on air ahead of elections is punishable by fines up to �72,000 and a broadcast licence suspension."
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