Transparency International rebuts government and maintains position on corruption in Brazil

Transparency International rebuts government and maintains position on corruption in Brazil
Transparency International rebuts government and maintains position on corruption in Brazil
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Transparency International responded to criticism from members of the government of Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (PT) regarding the corruption ranking produced by the NGO. The survey reveals that Brazil lost two points in the 2023 Corruption Perception Index (IPC), falling 10 positions in the global ranking. The country reached 36 points and ranked 104th out of 180 countries.

The response from Transparency International, published on social media, highlights that the institutions “are functioning as they always have”, as stated by members of the government, but questioned who they really serve.

“Corruption is not a dysfunction of the Brazilian State, it is perfectly functional for the purposes it serves: concentrating wealth and rights”, he concluded in the review (https://twitter.com/TI_InterBr/status/1753185602692850100).

The STF minister, Luís Roberto Barroso, during the opening of the Judiciary year on Thursday (1st), stated that the institutions operate “in complete normality”. The Transparency International ranking, which assesses the perception of experts and businesspeople about the integrity of the public sector, generated controversy and criticism from the Lula government.

In addition to Barroso, the Comptroller General of the Union (CGU) also came to the government’s defense, stating that “international studies discuss the methodological limitations of indices based on perception, so their results must be viewed with caution”.

Recent criticism of the ranking contrasts with the previous use of the same study by PT, Planalto and CGU to criticize previous governments, such as those of Michel Temer (MDB) and Jair Bolsonaro (PL). The IPC methodology assesses the perception of corruption with scores on a scale of 0 to 100, where a higher score indicates a better perception of integrity.

Despite the disagreements, Denmark led the 2023 ranking, with 90 points, followed by Finland and New Zealand. Brazil, with 36 points, was below the global average, the regional average for the Americas, the traditional BRICS, the G20 countries and the OECD.

Transparency International highlights that the perception of corruption takes into account several factors, such as freedom of the press and the dissemination of information about wrongdoing in the country.


The article is in Portuguese

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