O Antagonista

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O Antagonista
Type of site
Available in
  • Portuguese
FoundedJanuary 1, 2015 (2015-01-01)
Created by
  • Diogo Mainardi
  • Mário Sabino
LaunchedJanuary 1, 2015; 8 years ago (2015-01-01)
Current statusActive

O Antagonista is a Brazilian independent[1] investigative journalism website aligned with the political right.[2]


O Antagonista was created by journalists Diogo Mainardi and Mário Sabino on January 1, 2015.[3]

In August 2015, journalist Claudio Dantas joined as a third collaborating member.[4] In May 2017, Felipe Moura Brasil became part of the team.[5] According to his journalists, his proposal is to give priority to opinions contrary to what they define as "political, economic and cultural protagonism", as the name of the portal indicates.[6]

The site also featured special collaborations such as those with deceased journalist Sandro Vaia,[7] eventually publishes videos by presenter Danilo Gentili.[8]

In March 2016, fifty percent of O Antagonista was purchased by the financial publishing company Empiricus Research.[9]

In February 2020, Felipe Moura returned O Antagonista,[10] after leaving the site to take over Jovem Pan.[11]


In 2016, former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva registered four complaints that became inquiries at the 17th Ipiranga Police Station, in São Paulo. Among the requests is the investigation of alleged crimes committed by journalists from O Antagonista and Veja magazine.[12] Lula's defense said that "websites appear to exist only to attack the honor and image of the ex-president".[13]

In April 2017, journalist Paulo Henrique Amorim published on his blog Conversa Afiada a dialogue that took place when Marcelo Odebrecht was turning state's evidence. In the dialogue, Marcelo's lawyer reports to judge Sergio Moro that O Antagonista would be broadcasting a livestream of the testimony on his website. This, according to him, would undermine the private condition of the procedure determined by Moro.

On April 15, 2019, Minister of the Supreme Federal Court Alexandre de Moraes ordered that a report made by O Antagonista and Revista Crusoé referring to a supposed relationship between Dias Toffoli and Marcelo Odebrecht be removed under penalty of daily fine, if not removed, of 100 thousand reais.[14] The decision to censor the magazine's content caused criticism by organs that defend freedom of the press and expression, such as the National Association of Newspapers (ANJ), the National Association of Magazine Editors (ANER), the Brazilian Association of Investigative Journalism ( ABRAJI) the Brazilian Press Association (ABI) and Transparency International.[15] The Association of Federal Judges of Brazil (AJUFE) also repudiated the decision of Minister Alexandre de Moraes, which they considered "inadmissible".[16] Later, Alexandre de Moraes reversed his decision and revoked his own act. [17]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "O mapa do jornalismo independente – um projeto da Agência Pública" (in Brazilian Portuguese). Retrieved 2021-04-17.
  2. ^ "Os dez posts mais compartilhados no Facebook sobre as manifestações de 15 de maio". observatoriodaimprensa.com.br. Retrieved 2021-04-17.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. ^ "Diogo Mainardi + Mario Sabino, os antagonistas". O Antagonista (in Brazilian Portuguese). Retrieved 2021-04-17.
  4. ^ "O novo antagonista". O Antagonista (in Brazilian Portuguese). 2015-08-03. Retrieved 2021-04-17.
  5. ^ "Felipe Moura Brasil é Antagonista". O Antagonista (in Brazilian Portuguese). 2017-05-02. Retrieved 2021-04-17.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  6. ^ Robinson, Laura; Schulz, Jeremy; Williams, Apryl (2017-06-14). Brazil: Media from the Country of the Future. Emerald Group Publishing. ISBN 978-1-78635-786-1.
  7. ^ "Jornalista Sandro Vaia morre em São Paulo, aos 72 anos | ABI". www.abi.org.br. Retrieved 2021-04-17.
  8. ^ "Danilo Gentili: "O sítio é meu"". O Antagonista (in Brazilian Portuguese). 2016-03-23. Retrieved 2021-04-17.
  9. ^ "Polêmica e direta, consultoria cresce apesar de seus antagonistas - 04/04/2016 - Mercado". Folha de S.Paulo. Retrieved 2021-04-17.
  10. ^ "Felipe Moura Brasil está de volta a O Antagonista". O Antagonista (in Brazilian Portuguese). 2020-02-13. Retrieved 2021-04-17.
  11. ^ "Mudanças no jornalismo da Jovem Pan". Portal Comunique-se (in Brazilian Portuguese). 2020-02-14. Retrieved 2021-04-17.
  12. ^ "Lula pede investigação contra jornalistas da "Veja" e do site O Antagonista". Portal IMPRENSA - Notícias, Jornalismo, Comunicação. Retrieved 2021-04-18.
  13. ^ "Lula pede investigação de jornalistas e criador do Pixuleko - 22/03/2016 - Poder". Folha de S.Paulo. Retrieved 2021-04-18.
  14. ^ "STF censura sites e manda retirar matéria que liga Toffoli à Odebrecht". G1 (in Brazilian Portuguese). Retrieved 2021-04-18.
  15. ^ "Entidades de imprensa criticam censura do STF a reportagem sobre Toffoli".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  16. ^ ""Inadmissível", diz Ajufe sobre ataques a Alexandre de Moraes". O Antagonista (in Brazilian Portuguese). 2020-04-30. Retrieved 2021-04-18.
  17. ^ "Alexandre de Moraes revoga decisão que censurou reportagens de 'Crusoé' e 'O Antagonista'". G1 (in Brazilian Portuguese). Retrieved 2021-04-18.