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UPDATE: Supreme Court lifts Ban on Political Satire

UPDATE: The Supreme Court of Brazil has made a decision that the 1997 law prohibiting political ribbing is unconstitutional. The judge further clarified that this restriction was only intended for periods when the electoral process is in crisis. The ruling comes just in time for the comics to prepare for the upcoming elections in October.Several hundred people marched along Rio de Janeiro’s Copacabana beach protesting the “anti-ribbing” ban in anticipation of the Oct 3 elections. “This is a joke -- and it's not in the slightest bit funny,” said Fabio Porchat, a stand-up comedian who helped organize the protest. “First we can't laugh at politicians, but from here it's going to grow -- by 2015 we won't even be able to talk about the government.” continue reading »