Google Deletes Political YouTube Video After Brazil Government Arrests Google Exec

Posted Sep 28, 2012

Google has complied with Brazilian authorities by deleting a political attack video from YouTube.  Judge Flavio Peren ordered that YouTube pulls a clip that “slanders” mayoral candidate Alcides Bernal.  When Google refused, Google’s president of operations in Brazil Fabio José Silva Coelho (above) was arrested.  Coelho was released after he was questioned and after deleted the video.

“Despite this, we will continue with our global campaign for liberty of expression, not just because it is a prerequisite for a free society but also because more information generally means more schools, more power, more economic opportunities and more liberty for people,” said Coelho.

The Brazil 1965 Electoral Code said that ads that personally attack candidates are banned.  Google initially appealed the removal order by Judge Peren, but decided to give in after the attempts were not successful.

“We are profoundly disappointed to not have the opportunity of openly debating our arguments in the electoral justice system that the videos were legitimate manifestations of the freedom of expression and should continue (to be) available in Brazil,” said Coelho in a statement to Reuters.