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The Parliament of Victoria
Mattia Feltri

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TURIN — Everyone knew that Australian politician Rachel Carling-Jenkins had filed for a divorce, but nobody knew why. She explained it herself, a few days ago, standing up to speak before the state parliament of Victoria, of which she is a member. In February 2016 she had found images on her husband's computer of children forced into sexual acts with adults. Carling-Jenkins did not wait for her husband to come home, instead heading straight to the police to turn over the evidence.

In a voice tinged with emotion, she explained that she hadn't said anything publicly until this moment to avoid it damaging the investigation. No one in the magistrate's office forwarded any information on the case to the press, and the trial went forth anonymously, ending in a guilty verdict on charges of possession of child pornography and a sentence of four months in jail.

Carling-Jenkins said she shared the story with the public to render justice — the little that she could provide — to the young victims whose faces are forever etched in her memory, who would not be victims if it weren't for men like her ex-husband feeding this vile market. Her fellow members of parliament applauded, and walked over to give her hugs of support. It's a moving story, no?

Looking at the story here, in Italy, what's particularly moving is to discover that in Australia, an investigating magistrate does not make public the private matters of a politician, while a politician chooses to make those private matters public herself: The magistrate safeguards the rights of the guilty, while the politician safeguards the rights of the innocent.

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New Probe Finds Pro-Bolsonaro Fake News Dominated Social Media Through Campaign

Ahead of Brazil's national elections Sunday, the most interacted-with posts on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Telegram and WhatsApp contradict trustworthy information about the public’s voting intentions.

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Laura Scofield and Matheus Santino

SÂO PAULO — If you only got your news from social media, you might be mistaken for thinking that Jair Bolsonaro is leading the polls for Brazil’s upcoming presidential elections, which will take place this Sunday. Such a view flies in the face of what most of the polling institutes registered with the Superior Electoral Court indicate.

An exclusive investigation by the Brazilian investigative journalism agency Agência Pública has revealed how the most interacted-with and shared posts in Brazil on social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Telegram and WhatsApp share data and polls that suggest victory is certain for the incumbent Bolsonaro, as well as propagating conspiracy theories based on false allegations that research institutes carrying out polling have been bribed by Bolsonaro’s main rival, former president Luís Inácio Lula da Silva, or by his party, the Workers’ Party.

Agência Pública’s reporters analyzed the most-shared posts containing the phrase “pesquisa eleitoral” [electoral polls] in the period between the official start of the campaigning period, on August 16, to September 6. The analysis revealed that the most interacted-with and shared posts on social media spread false information or predicted victory for Jair Bolsonaro.

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