“It would be serious if the state did censorship, it would even be intolerable, and it would be intolerable if, even if it did not do censorship before, it did censorship after. I would never adopt such a diploma, I have spent my whole life defending press freedom, I would never adopt it, ”said Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa.
The head of state, who was speaking in response to journalists, halfway through a walk in the municipality of Câmara de Lobos, in Madeira, added: “And I am sure that the parliament, which has the no more Democrats, I would vote almost unanimously for a diploma without noticing that there was censorship there ”.
Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa underlined that this law comes "following the international positions in the matter, in particular European" and was approved "only with the abstention of the Liberal Initiative", and declared that after the vote in the Parliament there was "an article 6e which raised some doubts".
According to the President of the Republic, "under the terms of article 6, one can think that it is better written or more badly written, that it is more cheerful or less cheerful, but there is no censorship" .
“And, therefore, in my opinion, there is nothing unconstitutional. This is how I promulgated it. I also admit that I felt comforted by the fact that all the parties, practically all, except one deputy, thought that this did not raise any problem of constitutionality nor any serious political problem ”, he reinforced.
The Head of State stressed that he respects those who say that we must “be aware that in the future there is no censorship”.
However, he retorted that what worries him the most "is that newspapers, radio and television are entering an economic and financial crisis and censorship is occurring through economic power", in which "who pays , who buys, who exercises a form of economic and financial intervention can say: things are going more, things are going less, that is causing problems ”.
When asked if he saw this happening today, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa replied: “I don't see it, but if the information is not economically and financially viable, it is very fragile, and this weakness is not good for the freedom of the press ”.
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