In defense of democracy opinion

Criticism of the journalistic work is welcome as it encourages the necessary questioning and improvement of our craft. We are used to listening to them, considering them and reacting to them. There are several instances of control and we owe them respect. We are fine with our professional conscience.

We expose ourselves permanently. We don’t please everyone, but we do it by being useful to everyone. We make mistakes. But we do it by not repeating and correcting them.

We do not have controversies, especially when we understand where they are coming from and what purposes they are trying to achieve in the circumstances, but we cannot leave the attack on RTP and the professionals who respond to the public television service information unanswered.

Every day we contribute to what everyone knows about the pandemic. We know that you, namely from RTP, have heard of the concerns of the Portuguese, from the coast to inland, in the villages or neighborhoods of large cities, in schools and businesses, here and elsewhere on the different continents; We know that RTP also told them about how healthcare professionals are striving and committed, how they are dealing with difficulties, what guidelines they are delivering, what resources they can find to connect families and what Trust you convey us; we know that they have also heard from RTP what the authorities are deciding and explaining in the interests of the Portuguese; We know that they also learned from RTP how carefully each step must be taken, how aware and sensitized the seriousness of the situations we are confronted with. We know they know how much has been done to share common values ​​and provide enlightened and useful information, even when it reflects critical situations that cannot and should not be hidden.

We know that some do not like the autonomy of journalists and the inconvenience of our questions. But we will continue to ask questions to find answers that contribute to a more enlightened society that is free from paternalism and can make decisions.

Our agenda is public service to which we are committed. These are the rules of profession and honor. We reject the attacks on RTP and the good name of its professionals and the attempt to condition our work.

RTP has been named the most reliable in Portugal in some national and international studies for several years. It is also why we do not allow a single manifesto to attempt to tarnish an inheritance that we honor every day

The pandemic must not cripple or contain the rule of law and democracy, as has happened elsewhere. Perhaps it is no coincidence that journalism was also one of the victims. The free and independent exercise of journalism requires respect for its autonomy. The strange appeals to “restraint” run the risk of being mistaken for gag. And that’s all we have to fight. In defense of democracy.

RTP’s television intelligence has provided and will continue to serve the country, as has its duty and belief. We are sure that we will continue to win the trust of the Portuguese. RTP has been named the most reliable in Portugal in some national and international studies for several years. It is also why we do not allow a single manifesto to attempt to tarnish an inheritance that we honor every day.

António José Teixeira (Information Director at RTP-TV), Adília Godinho, Carlos Daniel, Hugo Gilberto, Joana Garcia (assistant director), Luísa Bastos and Rui Romano (deputy directors). This text also subscribes to the editorial staff of RTP-TV

The authors write according to the new spelling agreement

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