Brazil may have a heap of problems, but creativity has never been one of them. How to make the anti-corruption fight something more than just words? Make entertainment out of it. From John Leahy in the Financial Times:
Normally, live coverage of events in Brazil is reserved for football matches.
But in recent weeks, the law professors at the Getulio Vargas Foundation (FGV), a Brazilian educational institution, have been running live commentary on something entirely different – the Mensalão (or big monthly allowance) case in the Supreme Court.
So unprecedented is the case – in which the court, in televised hearings, has convicted senior members of Brazil’s former Workers’ Party, the PT, of corruption – that the professors have set up an on-campus “situation room” to provide live commentary to the media.
With the judges now moving to sentencing, interest in the trial is picking up.
“This case is a result of the strengthening of the rule of law in Brazil,” said Oscar Vilhena Vieira, director of law at the FGV.