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Corrupção no Brasil: instituições e liberdade de imprensa

Texto interessante, descoberto por meio do Mansueto. Destaco, inicialmente um trecho cujo tema que tenho sempre enfatizado aqui: a liberdade de imprensa.

Brazil seems to be unique in terms of how citizens view the role of the media in the fight against corruption. In the 2010–11 Global Corruption Barometer, Brazil was the country where the media was selected as the institution most trusted in the fight against corruption with 37 percent of those surveyed choosing the media from the selection of institutions in the survey, the highest percentage of all
countries (n= 99). The corresponding figures for Chile, Argentina, and Mexico were 11 percent, 24 percent, and 16 percent.

The independent nature of Brazil’s web of accountability institutions has the potential to elevate the cost of political wrongdoings even from a politically and constitutionally powerful executive. The mensalão was the most publicised event pertaining to corruption in Brazil. In 2005 and 2006 there were over 28,000 exposés in national newspapers about the mensalão (see Figure 12). The Clean Slate Law (discussed below) ran a close second. Under the current PT government,many proposals for regulating the media have been proposed in reaction to its role in uncovering official wrongdoing.

Entendeu? Como a imprensa investiga, os políticos que estão há mais de uma década no poder ficam incomodados. Ah, vamos ver outro trecho.

Alston, Melo, Mueller, and Pereira (2010) propose a checks-and-balance index built with information on the quality of state institutions: the audit courts, the state public ministries, the share of independent media in states, the quality of regulatory bodies, the local judicial systems, along with the NGO density in the different states. Table 2 contains the states’ scores for two periods in time. Figure 13 plots the checks-and-balance scores against the level of political pluralism in the state, reflecting the degree of competition within their elections.

Alston et al. found that wealth accumulation by state political elites is much greater in states with weak checks and balances. On average, a decrease of one point in
their checks-and-balances index implies that the probability of self-enrichment rises by 8 percent. Media independence shows great variation across the states. States’political elites control about 8 percent of all local concessions for radio and TV in Rio Grande do Sul, but 100 percent in the state of Roraima. The study shows that the more independent the media, the less the degree of wealth accumulation in the states.

Pois é. Vejam como são as coisas. Ao invés de elogiar uma revista e criticar a outra, você deveria defender a existência de uma imprensa livre. Muito mais importante, né?

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