A Forced Agreement: Press Acquiescence to Censorship in Brazil (Pitt Latin American Series) (Paperback)

A Forced Agreement: Press Acquiescence to Censorship in Brazil (Pitt Latin American Series) By Anne-Marie Smith Cover Image
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During much of the military regime in Brazil (1964-1985), an elaborate but illegal system of restrictions prevented the press from covering important news or criticizing the government. In this intriguing new book, Anne-Marie Smith investigates why the press acquiesced to this system, and why this state-administered system of restrictions was known as “self-censorship.”
    Smith argues that it was routine, rather than fear, that kept the lid on Brazil's press. The banality of state censorship-a mundane, encompassing set of automatically repeated procedures that functioned much like any other state bureaucracy-seemed impossible to circumvent. While the press did not consider the censorship legitimate, they were never able to develop the resources to overcome censorship's burdensome routines.

About the Author

Anne-Marie Smith received her Ph.D. in political science and is an independent consultant in Washington, D.C., writing on issues of international development and conflict resolution.

Praise For…

“A Forced Agreement is an excellent analysis of press-state relations. She has done the necessary research to make this a useful foundation for years to come. Her study of the alternative press is the first I have ever seen on the topic and is simply outstanding.”
--Luso-Brazilian Review

“This is a significant [book] about an important subject, thorough and well-written.”
—Peter McDonough

Product Details
ISBN: 9780822956211
ISBN-10: 0822956217
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
Publication Date: July 15th, 1997
Pages: 240
Language: English
Series: Pitt Latin American Series