The winner of a Brazilian literary prize threatened after a conference at school – 30/03/2022 – Brazil

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When writer Jeferson Tenório was in São Paulo two weeks ago to finish the publicity tour for his book “O Avesso da Pele”, he received threatening messages on his Instagram profile because of a conference scheduled for a few days. later in a school in Salvador.

In these, the user of the “student_anonymous123” profile says that he is “summoned in disgrace”, curses the writer and the book, which won the Jabuti Prize 2021, and says that it would be better for him to leave the country or Tenório would otherwise have his CPF canceled — a term used to refer to someone’s death. “If you don’t go to school, that’s fine. But if you go, you already know that. It’s like a squad of steel,” read an excerpt from the messages.

Tenório informed the publisher Companhia das Letras and the school where the event would be held, Land School, which offers bilingual education, messages. The conference ended up being held online for security reasons, even with its presence in the Bahian capital. The writer also filed a police report with the Civil Police of Bahia and avoided going unaccompanied to Salvador. Born in Rio de Janeiro, he has lived in Porto Alegre for years. The civil police of Bahia indicates that steps to identify the author of the crime have already been initiated and that the writer will be questioned. The case became public last week, after another profile, identified as “BaheaNaVeia”, with the image of the Esporte Clube Bahia team, threatened the writer again, even after the conference . “I’m telling you don’t go, you’re scared and doing this shit online,” read one of the posts. “You better get out of the country. I have your address, you’re screwed. Asshole. The decision to reveal the affair was evaluated by Tenório, together with people close to him. The writer even shared a report from O Globo newspaper about threats to his more than 20,000 social media followers.

Translated by Kiratiana Freelon

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