The Secretary of State for Communication (SEC) has expressed its intention to facilitate a system that allows the media to ask live at press conferences that guarantees “maximum plurality and total health security, as has been done so far”, And, he adds, “it remains open to a proposal for consensus among professionals.”
This has been expressed by the SEC in a note after the Madrid Press Association (APM) and the Federation of Associations of Journalists of Spain (FAPE) today reiterated to the Secretary of State for Communication their proposal to hold the wheels press release from the government with videoconference journalists “to facilitate re-questioning.”
The SEC refers in its statement that “during these days, different professional associations agree in their proposals to the SEC to divide the media into groups due to their typology, implementation and monitoring,” adding that the FAPE and the APM have reiterated “that keep in mind the regular Moncloa journalists for representing most of them in highly important media. ”
The Secretary of State for Communication argues that “this group of” regulars “is very heterogeneous and have very different implantation, monitoring and typology. It would therefore be necessary to divide this group, according to more objective general criteria”.
In this sense, he considers that “these criteria of plurality, representativeness and importance are those that the SEC has followed up to now. Thanks to this formula, all the important media in this country have participated in the appearances offered in Moncloa since it was decreed the State of Alarm, including those who today have decided to abandon the press conferences. ”
He adds that international reference or more regionally established media have also participated in the appearances.
“In a global crisis such as the one we are experiencing, the SEC has decided that no medium is small if it helps to keep those it works for well informed,” he said in the note.
“For all this,” the SEC statement continues, “it is necessary to land a model that combines the capabilities of the current SEC chat with the legitimate request that questions be asked live and that the mainstream media can do so, but those who work for more restricted publics, although equally important, also have options. ”
In the SEC’s opinion, “with the current model, dozens of media from all over Spain, Europe, the United States and Latin America have been able to ask repeatedly, up to more than 500 occasions, in more than fifty press conferences and almost one hundred interviews with members of the Spanish government and their technical managers. “
The newspapers El Mundo, ABC, Libertad Digital and esRadio decided today to stop participating in the telematic press conferences organized in the Moncloa palace on the occasion of the coronavirus crisis, considering that the selection and questioning system involves, in his opinion, a “farce” and “censorship”.
In addition, in the last hours, other professional groups, such as the National Association of Health Informants (ANIS), the Association of Economic Information Journalists (APIE), the Association of Parliamentary Journalists (APP) and Reporters Without Borders, expressed their support for the APM and FAPE proposal.