Elon Musk must testify via videoconference to the Chamber about Moraes

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The Public Security and Combating Organized Crime Committee of the Chamber of Deputies approved this Tuesday (23/4) two invitations for a hearing with businessman Elon Musk, owner of X, formerly Twitter. The commission wants clarification on the accusations made by Musk against minister Alexandre de Moraes, of the Federal Supreme Court (STF) and the Superior Electoral Court (TSE), in relation to PM blocking profiles on the platform.

The author of one of the requests, deputy Ubiratan Sanderson, explains that the hearings can take place via video conference, on a date to be scheduled with the businessman.

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“The Security Commission will contact Twitter to schedule a date for Elon Musk’s testimony, which could be via video conference,” said Sanderson.

Behind the scenes, it is taken for granted that Elon Musk will accept the invitation to testify about what became known as “Twitter files”.

In the application, Sanderson states that the practices described by Musk could constitute a crime of abuse of authority allegedly committed by Moraes.

“On April 7, 2024, the news was published in the press that the social network X (Twitter) was allegedly being censored by Brazilian public agents. The practices narrated by businessman Elon Musk, in theory, constitute the crime of abuse of authority”, alleged the deputy.

The other request for an audience with Musk, signed by congressman Fabio Costa, included journalist Michael Shellenberger, author of “Twitter Files”. The hearing must also take place via videoconference.

“These documents suggest that the president of the TSE [ministro Alexandre de Moraes] would have requested personal information and monitored users using specific hashtags, including those of federal parliamentarians, which raises questions regarding compliance with Brazilian laws”, said the deputy, in the request.

Portuguese journalist

In this Tuesday’s session, the Chamber’s Public Security Committee also approved a request to summon Portuguese journalist Sergio Tavares, detained at Guarulhos Airport on February 25th. The reporter arrived in Brazil to cover the event promoted by former president Jair Bolsonaro on Avenida Paulista.

In his arguments, deputy Ubiratan Sanderson, who also signed the request, claimed the need to investigate whether there was an abuse of authority in the journalist’s detention. In a video released on his social networks, Tavares said he was “retained” by the Federal Police at the airport. “I just came to take images of Bolsonaro’s event to show the world that this demonstration […] It’s big”, said the Portuguese.

In a statement, the PF stated that the journalist had been prevented from entering Brazil for not having presented a work visa. “This individual would have published on his social networks that he would come to the country to cover an event. However, this requires a work visa, which he did not present,” he explained. Tavares was released after the PF approached him.

The article is in Portuguese

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