Brazilian Scientists Face Rising Attacks from Bolsonaro’s Regime

By Herton Escobar |


Last week, scientists at the Chico Mendes Institute for Biodiversity Conservation (ICMBio), Brazil’s lead agency for studying and managing the nation’s vast protected areas, had to start abiding by an unwelcome new rule. It gives one of ICMBio’s top officials the authority to review all “manuscripts, texts and scientific compilations” before they are published.


Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro (center), greeting supporters while not wearing a mask, has a frosty relationship with the nation’s scientific community. Photo Credit: ALAN S