Brazil to create new ministry as media regulator

16:56, December 03, 2010      

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Brazilian President-elect Dilma Rousseff is expected to create the Ministry of Communications to regulate the media sector, incumbent president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva said Thursday.

A law is being drafted by the current administration for creating the new ministry, which will mark the starting point for a new media policy, Lula said in an interview with community radio stations.

Rousseff, who is due to take office on Jan. 1, will treat the issue as a priority for her government and will also submit the draft for public consultation or debate in the legislature, said the president.

"The new ministry is facing a new paradigm of communication. I would like to warn you it has to undergo a debate. Certainly, the government will not win 100 percent support and those who are against it will not win 100 percent either," he said.

Planning Minister Paulo Bernardo was tipped by press reports to lead the new ministry. At present, the media sector is under the jurisdiction of the Communication Secretariat of the Brazilian Presidency.

The reform was strongly opposed by media tycoons while many community radios, alternative media and scholars have voiced support, saying it is necessary to reduce the monopoly of media conglomerates.

Source: Xinhua


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