In a master lecture, TSE’s President and journalist Heraldo Pereira talked about “Journalism and Democracy”

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Friday afternoon (18th), the president of the Superior Electoral Court (TSE), Justice Gilmar Mendes, and the journalist from Rede Globo, Heraldo Pereira, administered a master lecture from the distance education course “Democracy and Electoral Justice” for students of Journalism and the workers of the Court. At the occasion, both talked about a number of issues from the realm of Law and Communication, and also answered the questions of the participants. 

When beginning his class, Gilmar Mendes talked about his memories of the current democracy and the importance of the press. “Today, we would not be able to think about democracy, as it is nowadays, without this straight link with the activity of general media, that is also passing through an intense process of transformation with the so called new medias such as the internet and all the other networks of communication,” he said. 

According to TSE’s president, democracy depends, in fact, on the understanding that people have about the functioning of the State, so that there is continuity and change.  “Society always has separation, misunderstandings, divisions, and the media fulfills the part of cement, and sometimes mortar, of the dividing element.  To sum up, the media has an essential part in the democratic process,” asserted Mendes.  

That is why, in the Justice’s evaluation, public people must be protective so that the information can arrive to the citizen in the most correct and transparent way as possible.  “Our relationship with the media must be marked, as much as possible, by an ethical and transparent relationship in order to avoid conflict. That is fundamental,” he weighted. 

When finishing his lecture, the president of the Electoral Court reinforced the press’ part in the creation of the contradictory alongside society. “Without this work of clarification, democracy would not have the vitality and, obviously, there would be no process of transformation,” he highlighted.  


Journalist Heraldo Pereira, in turn, declared that it is a pleasure to return to TSE to give a master lecture, involving Journalism and Electoral Law, in a course that is directed for students. 

“This distance education course is a fantastic opportunity so that future colleagues, from both areas of Communication (Journalism) and Law, may have access to these discussions that are a part of both courses and that are from the domain of humanities,” evaluated the journalist that is also degreed in Law.  

For him, the greatest challenge is to make journalists, that are still beginners, have an effective contact with subjects that are related to Communication and Law. “I think that this is a challenge that we search for. We search to complement the own function of Social Communication at college,” he said.  

Thus, according to Pereira, it is very important that journalists have, increasingly, an adequate formation in the domain of Law, so that they can inform the population.  

The course

The Distance Education course “Democracy and Electoral Justice” begins on September 4.  It was organized by TSE’s Communication Counsel (ASCOM) in partnership with the Electoral Judiciary School (EJE), and it is directed at students of Journalism that are in their seventh and eight semesters of colleges and universities of the Federal District. 

It is also destined for undergraduate students that, many times, have already acted in the labour market but need to deepen their knowledges about the electoral subject, in order to improve their performance in the broadcast of journalistic information.

The syllabus will be available at the website for virtual learning of EJE/TSE beginning from day 4.  HTTPS:// The subscriptions are free of charge and those who are interested can sing up at EJE’s website.