QUOTE OF THE DAY Jean Wyllys: Alternative media is the answer to the traditional media

by , under Enrique Tessieri


Jean Wyllys is a Brazilian LGTB politician who gave up his seat in congress due to death threats he received. He is an outspoken critic of far-right President Jair Bolsonaro’s government and a fierce advocate of gay rights in Brazil. He is presently on “vacation” abroad and does not plan to return to the country anytime soon.

Wyllys was due to be sworn in for a third term in February but decided to relinquish his seat and flee the country. “This environment isn’t safe for me,” he was quoted as saying in Folha de S. Paulo.

Migrant Tales got a chance to hear and speak to the Brazilian activist. He said that the media is a big issue on how the narratives of Others are silenced and oppressed with the reporting styles of the traditional media. He offers us an answer on how we are changing matters:

“The alternative media is the answer [to the traditional media for oppressed voices to be heard and construct their narratives],” he said.

Enrique Tessieri and Jean Wyllys.