The Brazilian equivalents of Jon Stewart plan to gather in Rio de Janiero this weekend to protest a law that prevents them from making fun of politicians. The law—a relic from Brazil's days of authoritarian rule—outlaws ridiculing candidates for 3 months before an election, the Telegraph reports. Broadcasters who break the rules can be fined $110,000 and have their licenses pulled.
The law's supporters say the ban prevents candidates from being portrayed unfairly and helps keep a level playing field. Critics say the law makes a mockery of free speech. "Do you know of any other democracy in the world with rules like this?" asks Marcelo Tas,who hosts a weekly TV comedy show lampooning politicians and other celebrities. "If you want to find a bigger joke, you would have to look to Monty Python." (Read more satire stories.)