Portugal finds itself at a crossroads, trying to find back to the path that respects the principle of separation of powers that was put at stake by means of the action of some politicians and by systematic violations of the judicial secrecy.
Stereotypes are created, image is cultivated and there are attempts to carry out justice on the public square. Communication agencies are hired to influence opinions and attitudes, abusing an open society with a free press.
Freedom of expression, an enemy of the limitation of criminal investigations and of the manipulation of public opinion, is being tightened by unconstitutional decisions, of judicial or corporative origin.
A fight is carried out, for political ethics and the defence of the right to information, in the vain hope of recuing the democratic regime, which cannot exist only during electoral periods.
I recall the words of Mário Soares, in 1974: “The 25th of April [Revolution] was done under the sign of total freedom of information and of expression, a conquest that we wish to be definitive and that we will not resign to allow being perverted under any pretext whatsoever.”
Will the judicial secrecy have to cede in face of total freedom of expression and of information? It is urgent to answer this question.
in: Correio da Manhã, 21.11.2009