Augusto Delkáder: "An electoral advance seems advisable" | Society

Augusto Delkáder: "An electoral advance seems advisable" | Society

The editorial director of PRISA Group and president of the SER chain, Augusto Delkáder, said on Wednesday that "an electoral advancement seems advisable". He pointed out that he had not spoken to the president, Pedro Sánchez, and therefore could not predict what he would do, but he has argued that "a solid government" is needed and that it is not time to make "electoral calculations." Grupo PRISA (publishing company of EL PAÍS) has also assured that this would also be beneficial for Sánchez.

Delkáder has made these statements at a New Economy Forum breakfast at the Westin Palace Hotel in Madrid. The editorial director of PRISA has also stated that the Catalan crisis (which, in his opinion, has influenced the rise of the right in the Andalusian elections) requires "a transversal operation and not an imposition". Similarly, he recalled that Article 155 "is not an end in itself, but a tool" that "you have to know how to use". Delkáder has advised the PSOE not to delay the resolution of this problem "urgent" and "complex" and added that the conflict must go through a process of "relaxation and cooling." He has also described as "foolish" both the former president of the Govern Artur Mas as Catalan pro-independence and criticized the attitude of the leader of the PP, Pablo Casado.

The political context, he said, requires more than ever of journalism. The president of the SER has stressed that this office is necessary "for the proper functioning of representative democracy" and that the work of the media "can not and should not be pleasant for the power". It has influenced the training of journalists, "who should not speak or write about what they do not know", as well as their professional ethics and the transparency of information processes. The objective is that "the reader knows the rules of the game". On purpose of the requisition of documentation and mobile of two journalists from Mallorca who work in the Cursach case, Delkáder has asked himself "if the judge has read the Constitution", since professional secrecy is a right of journalists.

Delkáder has also addressed the challenges facing the profession in a global and digital context. He stressed that the press is going through a crisis and this poses a danger to the stability of democracy itself. "To be independent you have to be profitable," said the director, deepening the need to continue in the search for new formulas for the proper development of journalism. "The model change is in the digital field," which "will necessarily be paid," he said. He did not dare to put a date to that transformation, but he has anticipated that it will be within "very little".

The editorial director of PRISA encouraged to take advantage of the possibilities offered by the digitalization of society for the media, as the group does, betting on the quality, depth and exclusivity of the content. He highlighted the presence of PRISA in Latin America and its commitment to this continent, as well as the defense, on both sides of the Atlantic, of democratic systems, the development of a harmonious society and welfare distribution mechanisms.


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