The crisis of TVE for the trip to the Sahara of the Polisario Front: resignations, vetoes and rectifications

The frustrated trip of a group of journalists from RTVE to the city of Tinduf, organized by the Polisario Front of Western Sahara, has opened the first serious

The crisis of TVE for the trip to the Sahara of the Polisario Front: resignations, vetoes and rectifications

The frustrated trip of a group of journalists from RTVE to the city of Tinduf, organized by the Polisario Front of Western Sahara, has opened the first serious crack between the new address of the entity and its writing. While the informative advice protested by "the veto" of José Manuel Pérez Trenero, the public denied this Sunday that said veto was such through a statement.

A dispute that was unleashed last Friday with a first communiqué of the Information Council of RTVE. "We show our complete rejection of the decision, taken by the management, that RTVE journalists do not participate on a trip to Western Sahara," he started the letter, which pointed directly to the President and the Director of Information Content, Esteve Crespo, by "Limit the coverage" through the information of agencies and "renounce an element of undoubtedly public and journalistic interest" as an interview with the Secretary General of the Polisario Front, Brahim Ghali.

A fact that he forced Crespo himself to give public explanations, arguing "the current shortage of human resources", which the trip, being organized by the Polisario Front, was "from part" and "it was not necessary" the transfer to Tindouf to cover Such information. All this, at a time, where the former exterior minister has had to declare at the National Hearing Headquarters last week by the entrance of Gali in Spain and the entry of it at a Hospital de Logroño to investigate if it was illegal.

With the first waters and revolt, yesterday, Sunday, came the second envision between the direction of RTVE and its writing. In the face of the impossibility of the journey of the international television and radio public, Sylvia Fernández de Bobadilla and Juan Tato, and the journalist of Rne Guillaume Bontoux before the public applause of a large number of chainmates highlighting his "dignity", Its "value" and its "public service responsibility" through social networks.

To this was added a new statement from the informative advice of the public supporting the decision of his teammates before "the regrettable decision" of the direction of the entity by winning "vague" reasons and "nonexistent" to justify the veto for a delegation to Tinduf

The writing and the resignations forced RTVE to issue a new announcement at last time to deny this veto and underwent "the Statute of Information" of the Corporation to not allow the trip. In its statement, the public chain resorts to article 9 in which it is collected that "trips paid by the information sources will not be accepted when this circumstance can affect the impartiality of the information".

The direction of the entity understands that the displacement to Tinduf was defrayed by "Sources Interested" and affirmed in his writing that "he is working to send, by his own means, a team of informants to Tinduf." But, even so, the first crisis in the new structure of the public chain has already been opened.

Updated Date: 15 October 2021, 14:24

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