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Catalan public media defend their ‘plurality and veracity’

Directors of Catalan public media say that "the threat of a takeover" attacks “citizens’ rights to have truthful, objective, plural and balanced information”

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26 October 2017 02:17 PM

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ACN | Barcelona

The directors of the three Catalan public media outlets TV3, Catalunya Ràdio and the Catalan News Agency (ACN) held a joint press conference to defend Catalan public media’s work before Spain’s takeover. Vicent Sanchis (TV3), Saül Gordillo (Catalunya Ràdio) and Marc Colomer (the Catalan News Agency) defended the “plurality and veracity" of their work and asked to continue working “normally”.

In a statement read by public media workers in eight languages (Catalan, Spanish, Aranese, Basque, Galician, French, German and English), they stated that "the threat of a takeover" of the Catalan public television, radio and agency is a "direct attack" on citizens and "violates their rights to have truthful, objective, plural and balanced information", which are the "fundamental rights of any democracy". The three directors agreed that the “takeover" is "unacceptable" within the framework of the European Union.  

  • "The only barricade that exists is the professional’s work"

    Vicent Sanchis · Director of TV3

The director of the Catalan News Agency, Marc Colomer, said that the three media outlets will continue "carrying out their work" with the highest professionalism, “paying attention to pluralism and truthfulness."

The director of TV3, Vicent Sanchis, stated that they will continue working "as they did before,” stressing that they “are speculating too much about what will happen.” Asked by a foreign journalist about whether they have been preparing some kind of resistance, Sanchis said that "the only barricade that exists is the professional’s work."

The director of Catalunya Ràdio, Saül Gordillo, admitted that the enforcement of Article 155 has a "serious" impact and that they are "worried.” However, he explained that they are "hopeful" for the international support they have received. "International media is outraged,” said Gordillo.

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  • The director of the Catalan News Agency, TV3 and Catalunya Ràdio at the press conference (by ACN)

  • The director of the Catalan News Agency, TV3 and Catalunya Ràdio at the press conference (by ACN)

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