ERC moves forward with legal action against Pedro Almeida Vieira. Page One sues regulatory council – Meios & Publicidade

Pedro Almeida Vieira

The ERC condemned the “abusive attitude” of Pedro Almeida Vieira, director of the digital newspaper Página Um, who, according to the entity, has exerted “coercion” on employees and insulted the regulatory council. The same entity promises to “activate legal and judicial mechanisms to defend the good name of the institution and the rights of citizens and freedom of the press”.

According to the ERC, Pedro Almeida Vieira went to the facilities of the regulatory authority, on Avenida 24 de Julho, in Lisbon, this Tuesday, “on the pretext of consulting processes in which his name is involved“. This “is not the first time that he has done so, not accepting the rules established for the functioning of the ERC and, dissatisfied with deliberations in which the ERC does not give him reason, he has been insulting the members of the regulatory council and exerting coercion on the employees who attend him, even insisting on recording a conciliation hearing, despite being warned that he could not do so, and photographing procedural documents”, says the regulator. The situation “culminates, after a threat, by asking the police authority to appear to carry out such coercion”, and, “by calling himself a journalist, the aforementioned citizen tries to legitimize behaviors in which, we believe, that the journalistic class does not see itself”, evaluates the ERC.

In a statement, Página Um counters that Pedro Almeida Vieira went to the ERC “following a request for consultation of processes”, a request “made as a journalist” and “scheduled day and time by official letter” by the ERC. “Given the unjustified refusal by ERC technicians to use perfectly legal means and routinely used by journalists to gather information on administrative processes (which have no reservation or secrecy), he therefore requested the presence of police authorities (PSP) to register the occurrence. In fact, it was the director of Página Um who was coerced, as ERC techniques threatened to call in a security guard (who is not even an agent of authority)”, describes the title in a statement.

In question, according to the same statement from Página Um, there are processes brought by the ERC, aimed at the newspaper, “in particular a deliberation on a complaint from the Portuguese Society of Pulmonology, considering that the Regulatory Council did not grant it, as it should, the means of defense prescribed in the Code of Administrative Procedure, namely a prior hearing. Despite evident procedural illegalities, and the process not being concluded, the ERC took the decision to publicly disclose that deliberation”, he accuses. It is also announced that the regulatory council, composed of Sebastião Póvoas, Francisco Azevedo e Silva, Fátima Resende and João Pedro Figueiredo, will be “the subject of competent legal proceedings”.

Source: Meios & Publicidade by

*The article has been translated based on the content of Meios & Publicidade by If there is any problem regarding the content, copyright, please leave a report below the article. We will try to process as quickly as possible to protect the rights of the author. Thank you very much!

*We just want readers to access information more quickly and easily with other multilingual content, instead of information only available in a certain language.

*We always respect the copyright of the content of the author and always include the original link of the source article.If the author disagrees, just leave the report below the article, the article will be edited or deleted at the request of the author. Thanks very much! Best regards!