The Press: Brazil's Durable Rebel

During the past 100 years Brazil's 29 rulers have included Portuguese monarchs, populist revolutionaries, fascist generals and moderate republicans. Regardless of era or ideology, all have faced a common adversary: O Estado de Sao Paulo, Brazil's foremost newspaper. On a continent where journalistic rebels perish quickly and most surviving publications are servile in spirit, O Estado stands out as a durable, responsible independent. The paper so treasures its freedom that last month, on the 100th anniversary of its founding, it publicly still admitted to only 95 years of independent existence; the years 1940-45...

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