Global Voices and the Brazilian investigative journalism agency Pública launched a new partnership today that will see a wealth of reports with a strong angle on citizen voices and initiatives added to our coverage.
Founded in March 2011, Pública is an independent agency that aims to strengthen access to information, bolster democratic debate, and promote human rights. Pública in Portuguese means everything that belongs to the public.
Every month, Global Voices will select stories originally published in Pública, with the goal of deepening understanding of current issues through the lens of citizens who are directly affected by them. The articles will be reproduced by Global Voices in Portuguese and translated to Spanish, reinforcing the relevance of Pública's reports for Latin America as a broader region.
Natália Viana, co-founder and director of Pública, said in an interview for the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas blog at the time of the agency's launch, said Pública's goal is to do journalism for the people:
in Brazil, as in Latin America, there is a serious problem with the politicization of media outlets. Coverage is already closely tied to various interests, both in the traditional media and the alternative press. What Pública intends to do is stimulate journalism that is purely in the public interest, no matter whose toes it steps on.
Pública's commitment to the public interest has inspired Global Voices in the past. In 2012, an interview [pt] by Pública of Nilcilene Miguel de Lima, a small rural producer and local leader from the Amazon region who has received repeated death threats from land-grabbers and illegal loggers, motivated Global Voices author Thiana Biondo to write the article Can the Agrarian Economy Develop Without Rural Bloodshed? for our special Forest Focus: Amazon coverage.
To kick off the partnership, we will publish a series of selected articles this week from Pública's #CopaPública‘s [pt] coverage, a citizen journalism initiative that reports how the Brazilian population is being affected by – and mobilizing against – preparations for the 2014 World Cup.
The first post, Carnival's Samba Takes Aim at World Cup [pt], is already available in Portuguese and Spanish.