Brazil: More than 2.45 million had signed a petition in support of the impeachment of Alexandre de Moraes
More than 2.45 million Brazilians had signed a petition in support of the impeachment of Alexandre de Moraes, a Brazilian jurist, currently a justice of the Supreme Federal Court. In April 2019, the STF Court launched an inquiry to investigate personal attacks and false statements against court members. Moraes was chosen as its rapporteur.
2020 Brazil Judiciary fake news inquiry
In April 2019, the Supreme Federal Court president Dias Toffoli launched an inquiry to investigate personal attacks and false statements against court members. Moraes was chosen as its rapporteur. That month, Crusoé magazine reported that a document from Operation Car Wash revealed that then-Solicitor General Toffoli was involved in the Odebrecht scandal, according to the company's former chairman Marcelo Odebrecht.
On April/15/2020 Moraes ordered that Crusoé take down the article from their website. Toffoli himself later requested a probe into whether Crusoé illegally leaked the document. The Court's decision on the matter was criticized by outlets such as The Intercept on the basis of censorship and attack on the freedom of the press.
On May 27, 2020, as part of that same inquiry, the Federal Police launched an operation probing businessmen, bloggers and politicians allied to president Jair Bolsonaro.
Bolsonaro supporters accused Moraes of practicing political interference, of political repression and trying to deploy a constitutional dictatorship.