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 government press conferences with journalists by videoconference “to facilitate that can be asked. “
In this way they have answered the letter received this Friday from the Secretary of State for Communication, Miguel Ángel Oliver, in which he “discards” the formula of professional associations for “having the support of journalists” who usually cover the information of the Moncloa, but that falls far short “in the opinion of all the others”.
In the letter Oliver has asked that journalistic associations develop a system to arbitrate turns and questions. That system, he has specified, should adhere to three criteria: to include as many means as possible, to facilitate direct questioning and to incorporate a “non-discretionary criterion in the selection of participants”.
And this same Saturday it has emerged that the Government has been favorable to change the system to allow journalists to ask the technicians and politicians live, as long as the participants who intervene are not discretionary restricted.
In this sense, APM and FAPE “appreciate” the efforts being made by the Government to achieve “an agreement that satisfies the demands of journalists.” However, they insist that their proposed proposal meets the three points required by the Secretary of State for Communication.
The aim is to host as many media as possible (through the chat already formed), facilitate the direct posing of questions (via live videoconference) and incorporate a non-discretionary criterion in the selection of participants (the already established group of media accredited in Moncloa), which has the backing of both associations, the most representative in the country.
However, the APM and the FAPE will welcome any mechanism that achieves that “tomorrow” there are live questions from a number of representative and plural media.
Despite these attempts, the newspapers El Mundo, ABC, Libertad Digital and esRadio have 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 system and Asking questions involves “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, have manifested your support for the APM and FAPE proposal.