The voting is needed to mark the next step in the West African nation’s transition to a civilian-led democracy.
The United States supports Brazil as a global leader and seeks closer defense cooperation.
"Our hopes for a 21st century less bloody than the 20th century all hinge to a large degree on what happens in the Asia-Pacific region."
A free press safeguards any political system based on the will of the people.
Suicide bombers attacked newspaper offices in Abuja and Kaduna, Nigeria, recently, killing at least 13 people.
An international court has convicted Charles Taylor of war crimes, crimes against humanity and other serious violations.
The U.S. State Department has been highlighting cases of journalists around the world who are suffering because they dared speak truth.