The Board of Directors of the Association of Journalists of Puerto Rico (Asppro) made a public call to “respect journalistic work in the news coverage of demonstrations and protect colleagues from malicious and orchestrated direct attacks, both physical and through social networks “.
“Journalists have had the respect and gratitude of the great majority of the Puerto Rican people through our historyOria thanks to the committed and ethical work of thousands of colleagues in the search for truth. Puerto Rico has known innumerable injustices for our work and has understood the contexts and circumstances of its reality through our investigations, often achieved against internal and external adversities, threats, and by pure commitment to the country. We understand and accept that our profession exposes us to find ourselves in the midst of difficult and sometimes violent conflicts in which we can suffer collaterally. What is unacceptable are the violent attacks on our colleagues when they only fulfill their duty to inform the people, “said the newspaper guild in written statements.
“Reporters and reporters are like any worker, eager to do our job well. The vast majority do not control editorial lines or media management styles or decisions. Journalists do not engage in the entertainment business either. What moves us through Above all, it is the search for truth and to serve our people. We must remember that in the history of Puerto Rico and its social movements there are always elements with harmful agendas to distort them and manipulate public opinion. We are also the object of an orchestrated operation through social networks. We do not want this to be repeated in the street, “said the Association of Journalists of Puerto Rico.
In addition the group of journalists said “we warn those who are taught in the task of attacking journalists who only achieve the opposite of their purpose. We serve this now, but we can not divert the focus of our work or stop doing our duty. country needs us to inform us.The organizers and demonstrators of the mass protests know and value journalistic work and we hope that they exercise their good judgment with some isolated and minority elements so that they defend their right to be well informed.Protecting journalists protects their right to to know”.
Last night, some people committed acts of vandalism and clashes against the police and the press during the protest that took place in Old San Juan. The march, which went from the Capitol to Fortaleza Street, was organized by the singer René “Residente” Pérez and the receiver Yadier Molina.