It proposes that the people who take up the position have not held positions of political responsibility during the last five years.
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The Popular Parliamentary Group has registered in Congress a non-law proposal in which it requests the reinforced parliamentary election by the Plenary of Congress of the president of the Efe agency “to guarantee the independence” of the public information company. The initiative also proposes that the people who take up the position have not held positions of political responsibility during the last five years.
This parliamentary initiative of the PP is registered days after the Government decided to place the former Secretary of State for Communication at the head of the Efe news agency. Miguel Ángel Oliver.
“Despite the professionalism of its workers and their great effort to give prestige to a news agency in Spanish, the governments of Pedro Sánchez, as they have done with other institutions, have damaged that long history with a succession of initiatives that obey to the determined objective of using public organizations and institutions for personal and partisan benefit,” the PP argues in its writing.
The PP proposal seeks, as party sources explain, “to avoid the appointment of political commissars “Neither Efe nor RTVE can have a Tezanos at the helm, since their credibility as news channels would be compromised,” they say.
As the PP highlights, Miguel Ángel Oliver was a candidate for the PSOE in the 2019 regional elections, accompanying on his list Angel Gabilondo to the Community of Madrid. “He is, therefore, a person more committed to the PSOE acronym than to information pluralism,” they lament.