The Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) has, as it does every year, launched the "Person of the Year" appointed. The international journalists' network's annual negative award "recognizes" the person who "has done the most to promote organized crime and corruption worldwide."
This year the prize of the OCCRP went to Brazil. President Jair Bolsonaro prevailed over U.S. President Donald Trump and Turkish head of state Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
All nominees are populists
"Populism is a key ie this year," says Louise Shelley. She is director of the Transnational Crime and Corruption Center (TraCCC) and sat on the awards committee. "All finalists are Populists, who are doing great harm to their country, their region and the entire world. Unfortunately, many people support them – the core of populism".
The right-wing extremist Jair Bolsonaro was elected in Brazil's 2018 presidential election because he ran on a tight anti-corruption platform – but immediately countered it after the election with his choice of ministers and advisers.
Bolsonaro surrounds himself with corrupt people
This is one of the reasons why he is now OCCRP's "Person of the Year". The organization's explanatory statement said that he had come to power with the promise that Corruption to fight. Since taking office, however, he has not only surrounded himself with corrupt people, but also falsely accused others of corruption.
"Bolsonaro's family, as well as his inner circle, appear to be involved in an ongoing criminal conspiracy and are regularly accused of enriching themselves at the expense of the people," OCCRP's Drew Sullivan commented on the awards ceremony. "This is the textbook definition of a criminal organization."
Bolsonaro tried to prevent investigations against son
Bolsonaro is especially exploiting the criminal network of his son Flavio, who is currently allegedly involved in a tangible money laundering scandal and also has ties to the notorious Death Squads from Rio de Janeiro is said to have. These control parts of Rio de Janeiro and allegedly murdered a black LGBT deputy on Rio's city council.
According to the OCCRP and the British "Guardian," Bolsonaro is said to have prevented investigations against his son Chief Fed exchanged.
Bolsonaro's predecessors: Putin, Maduro, Duterte
The negative prize has been awarded annually since 2012 by OCCRP awarded. Previous winners have included Russian President Vladimir Putin, the Romanian parliament and Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro.
The OCCRP is one of the world's largest independent platforms for investigative journalism, publishing about 150 articles a year examining the corrupt machinations of Politicians From around the world gets to the bottom of it.