Pride in bias

Journalism>> Protests • Brazil

 
Published: Monday 30 November -0001

Ninja journalist Cazú Barros reports a protest in Rio de Janeiro using a tabletThe citizen journalists of Midia Ninja, who have covered the protests raging across Brazil since June, are part of a new kind of reporting: they are proud to be biased. Vinicius Braz, social media expert in Brazil, says, “The old world system of communication had its biases as well. Many were pro-state and pro-corporate. Citizen journalism is pro-people and blase about it.” Felix Pecanha, one of the founders of the Ninja movement, makes no bones about the fact that his aim is to accompany the social movements.

Ninja, acronym for “independent narratives, journalism and action” in Portuguese, emerged two years ago in the southern Brazilian city of São Paulo. Citizen journalists associated with the movement call themselves Ninja journalist.

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