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1 DRAFT law No. 337/X rights of Transmission antenna on the public service television for years that the broadcasting time is transmitted immediately before or after the news of the night for public service television. Now, unexpectedly, of a sudden, without listening to anyone and without any explanation, the public service operator announces that will pass to the 19 hours.
The consequence of this decision is clear: decreases to half or less than half the audience of the broadcasting time. In practice, penalizes the parties, significantly reducing your ability to act.
This decision is not serious. It is extremely serious. Is an attack on a fundamental right of opposition political parties and an affront to political pluralism in Portugal. Is trying to limit abusively the voice who, legitimately, have opinions different from those of the Government. Is to reduce the commercial reasons or hearings, a constitutional law essential to the status of the opposition.
A decision like this is politics, has political significance, has political consequences and has policy implications.
Not incidentally, the matter of broadcasting time has constitutional dignity, incorporates the set of rights-shed in the opposition Status and has, consequently, enormous relevance in law of 2 Television because this is not a minor issue, is an essential policy issue. Because all of this has to do with the political pluralism in public service broadcasting. Because all this respect one of the most important missions of public service that is contracted with RTP, – this is not a partisan issue, it's a question that has to do with the quality of our democracy.
In these terms, under the legal and constitutional provisions applicable, the undersigned Members of the PSD parliamentary group present the following Bill: SOLE ARTICLE the article 55 of the law, approved by law No. 32/2003, of 22 August, is replaced by the following: "article 55 of law and preserve Emission antenna 1. The broadcasting time are issued in the service of television programmes of the highest national coverage, immediately before or after the main national newspaper spread between 19 and 22 hours. 2. …… 3. …… 4. ……”
São Bento Palace, 12 January 2007 Members,
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