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Brazil: restrictions on artists and religions – the impacts of the “anti-joke” law that equates racial slurs with racism

President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (PT) sanctioned, on January 11, a law that equates racial injury with the crime of racism.

With that, speeches that contain elements referring to race, color, ethnicity or national origin understood as offensive by people or groups considered to be minorities become imprescriptible and non-bailable, as it already happened in the crime of racism.

With the new law, which endorses the 2021 decision of the Federal Supreme Court (

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