Carlos Jiménez: Firm condemnation of Galician Television for the political persecution of a journalist during Feijóo’s mandate | Galicia

The Radio and Television Corporation of Galicia (CRTVG) has been firmly condemned for political persecution of a worker, the journalist Carlos Jiménez. The sentence, issued at the end of May by the Superior Court of Justice of Galicia (TSXG) confirming the ruling of a social court in Santiago, has not been appealed by the public entity. It rules that the corporation “violated the fundamental rights” of the worker and that he was illegally prosecuted and sanctioned for his participation in the protest acts of the Defend Galega movement, promoted by employees of the regional chain for more than four years to denounce information manipulation. by the governments of Alberto Núñez Feijóo.

The ruling of the TSXG, now final, highlights “the time immediacy between the opening of the disciplinary file” against the journalist on November 6, 2018 “and the active participation of the plaintiff in the black veins [“viernes negros” en castellano] which began in May 2018 and whose purpose was the complaint by various workers of the defendant of what they considered to be policies of information manipulation on the part of the management.

Jiménez was filed in that same 2018 by the CRTVG, which alleged that the journalist breached the company’s compatibility rules since, the corporation maintained, he worked for private production companies. The worker had been presenting two programs for several five years that CRTVG itself had commissioned from external companies and the network had also authorized him to do so. However, he was charged with a very serious offense that could lead to his dismissal.

Finally, the management lowered the punishment and concluded that he had committed a serious fault. He was sanctioned with a nine-day suspension of employment and salary. The worker appealed to the courts and at the end of 2021 the Social Court number 1 of Santiago agreed with him: it considered proven that the sanction imposed was illegal and that it was carried out with the intention of retaliating for his participation in the “venres blacks”.

The ruling highlighted that CRTVG had violated not only the journalist’s right to free expression but also his right to judicial protection. The sentence made it clear that among the reasons for the retaliation was the fact that he had previously resorted to justice to assert his labor rights -he obtained 15 favorable sentences-.

CRTVG challenged this ruling and at the end of last May the Galician high court dismissed the appeal and fully validated the ruling of the court of first instance, considering it thus proven that the opening of the file and the sanction against Jiménez were a consequence of his participation in the protests. The public entity had the option of appealing in cassation before the Supreme Court, but it has avoided doing so.

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“I have had to defend myself in two ways. The most serious has been the attack against freedom of expression, but I have also had to defend my labor rights: I have up to 15 sentences for arrears and to get them to make me indefinite after 29 years in the company where they hired me as self-employed, with one-day contracts, with artistic contracts, and through production companies”, Jiménez narrates to this newspaper the ordeal of his employment situation in the public entity. Now, the journalist shows his satisfaction with the conviction of the CRTVG for information manipulation. “It is a milestone because it is the first for manipulation against a public television since TVE was sentenced in 2003 for not reporting objectively on the general strike.”

For its part, consulted by this newspaper, CRTVG avoids commenting on the matter. It refers to the last parliamentary appearance of the general director, Alfonso Sánchez-Izquierdo, appointed by Feijóo in 2009 and revalidated by him in the position until now. BNG and PSOE asked him for responsibilities for the nearly five thousand convictions that the public company has received during his mandate for violation of rights, illegal dismissals or abusive minimum services during some strikes.

Jiménez assures that he has not received an apology. “They don’t have the delicacy to call or put a whatsapp to excuse himself for having committed such a serious act. I am afraid that this is not going to cost even a resignation, ”he affirms, recalling that Sánchez-Izquierdo had promised in parliament to assume responsibilities if the sentence became final. Then he went so far as to assure that until then he would defend those responsible for opening the journalist’s file.