Power is something that contains us and transforms us into free persons or mere lackeys, according to our ability to say no or the interest we have in kneeling down. To say that a former policeman cannot write or speak about cases or about the activity that he exercised for years, out of respect for ethics and due behaviour, is to limit that citizen’s rights.
It is identical to saying that a politician cannot write or speak about politics, and, widening the scope, a medic, a lawyer or a journalist would be equally limited by an obscure ethical and behavioural code. That is to say, none of these social classes could express technical and based opinions. We would be in the midst of stupidity and of lackeys. But life and individual rights are not what vassals desire.
We have the right, and mainly the duty, within the exercise of responsible freedom of expression, to speak and to write about anything, even if knowledge that was acquired within the scope of a professional activity is at issue. We do not enter speculation, we write and we will continue, within the use of our freedom of expression, no matter how much it hurts the powerful or their lackeys. Values like the discovery of truth and the performance of justice must continue to shape modern and democratic societies.
source: Correio da Manhã, 05.12.2009