President of Brazil Bans Use of Foreign Languages on Radio

A bill passed by Congress, permitting the use of foreign languages, including Yiddish, on Brazilian radio and television broadcasts, was vetoed today by President Humberto Castelo Branco.

Marshal Castelo Branco explained that he was opposed to the use of foreign languages in broadcasting because he wants to avoid “the perpetuation of racial differences in the Brazilian community” and because the Government lacks the facilities to monitor broadcasts in all non-Portuguese languages. The bill now goes back to Congress where the President’s veto could be over-ridden by a two-thirds majority.

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