With the recent changes in government, public service media in Brazil is constantly under pressure.

In this interview with Rádio Brasil Atual, the now former president of the Empresa Brasil de Comunicação (EBC), Ricardo Melo, talks about the government’s attempt to undermine public service media in the country.

The removal of the trustee board represent a political annihilation of public media in the country. Melo affirms that public media is necessary as an instrument to sustain democracy and its principles. Plus, he argues that public media is essential to ensure cultural diversity in the country and that it gives every community a space and voice to express themselves.

Listen to the full interview (in Portuguese)