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What they are saying

“For us, today is an historic day, because this fight for civilian control of the Internet is a struggle that has been going on for a long time. Despite the fact that the Senate acted quickly, this discussion with civil society has been going on for the last few years, in different spaces.”

Bia Barbosa, coordinator of Intervozes

“The Brazilian Communication Company is the company created to carry out public communications in Brazil, setting up a public communications network for radio but also for other media in Brazil, bringing together the entire public field, so that we can carry out the goals that were written in the Constitution, which are that there should be a complementary radio broadcasting system in Brazil, which is a state company, public and private. And if it is a state company, public and private the public has to have something different from the private sector and something also from the public sector. Perhaps the fact that by taking the best of each and attempting to create something that is much more interesting for the creation of citizenship. Much more interesting for the construction of persons, citizens and Brazilian citizens.”

Nelson Breve, director-president of the Brazilian Communication Company (EBC)

“We are based on the assumption that Confecom is being constructed in a scenario, in our country, in which injustice and inequality are supported by the media. Where the triple base of racism-capitalism-patriarchy are all interlinked, interfaced and interwoven. And if we change one and not the other we are not going to be able to move and overcome the inequalities and injustices. And we understand that the process of the Conference is an attempt to create fissures in the system. And we will not be able to resolve these fissures simply with the first Conference.”

Vera Gaspareto, representative of the Central Workers Union (CUT)