News site threatened with multiple lawsuits
Now, Congresso em Foco's small staff needs to split their time between gathering news and testifying in the cases. Sylvio Costa, the owner of the website, says they're victims of “a kind of strategy increasingly used by the powerful: the use of the courts as an instrument of economic constraint against freedom of information”.
The union of the Legislative civil servants (Sindilegis) has joined the plaintiffs in suing Congresso em Foco. Costa says this shows “a rough and egotist corporativism, aimed at the defense of privileges”.
Such long suits can be crippling to small media. Last week, “Já” newspaper, from Porto Alegre, closed its doors under the weight of punishing lawsuits.