Ban on mocking Brazil politicians

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It's Monday night in Brazil and that means one of the countries most popular weekly comedy shows is
on the air.

The satirical news program is called CQC where hosts dish out edgy comedy, the most popular segments
are when the comedian-reporters use humor to confront and ridicule the country's politicians.

But Brazil's election commission doesn't see it as a joke and has long had a law on the books that
demands stiff fines -- as high as of 100,000 dollars per infraction - for any television channel that
mocks any politicians with caricatures in the final three months of the national elections, which
conclude in October.

As Gabriel Elizondo reports from Rio de Janeiro, comedians say it's an attack on free speech.