Freedom of Opinion: A Luxury Item
February 18, 2010. On the very same day that the Attorney General told Visão magazine that he disagreed with the OPINION of the Prosecutor in Aveiro, who indicated the Prime Minister over the practise of a crime, a judge in Lisbon said that she agreed with the OPINION of a colleague, who had forbidden a book that expressed the OPINION of the Polícia Judiciária’s investigators concerning the disappearance of Maddie McCann, a police OPINION that, in any case, had already been dismissed by the Public Ministry of Portimão, that had archived the process because it sustained another OPINION.
A nice game of OPINIONS, if it wasn’t the case that the weakest lose on all fronts and are prevented from expressing their OPINIONS under the threat of disciplinary and civil punishment. The Prosecutor in Aveiro is shackled, because the final word, which is to say, the OPINION that matters, without appeal, has already been made by the Head of the Public Ministry; and the author of the censored book is more or less in the same situation, because despite having the possibility of appealing to the highest juridical instances to defend his OPINION, he cannot afford it. Freedom of OPINION is a luxury item in Portugal.
Dr. Passos Pereira