Danilo Gentili, a conservative known for his aggressive attacks on the left, was tried over a 2017 video he shared on social media

A row over free speech has erupted in Brazil after a foul-mouthed conservative comedian was given a six-month jail sentence for defaming a leftwing politician.

Known for his aggressive attacks on the Brazilian left, Danilo Gentili, 39, was sentenced by a judge in São Paulo on Tuesday for his comments about Maria do Rosário, a congresswoman for the southern state of Rio Grande do Sul. He remains free pending appeal.

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