Should journalists include the group of professionals under the classification of essential workers in this pandemic context? The Union of Journalists (SJ) considers that it did and addressed a request to the government for this assessment to be made, arguing that “journalists have been at the forefront since March 2020, to guarantee the population the right to information, enshrined in the Constitution of the Portuguese Republic ”.
“Unfortunately, journalists work in increasingly difficult and precarious conditions, which the closing of schools has only made worse. Now, the mobilization for the service or readiness of journalists – which must be constant in order to respond to a constitutional and democratic plan – often prevents them from being able to provide assistance to children or other dependents ”, justifies the entity union, defending that the attribution of this classification to the journalists “would be a fair and simple measure, that could help many, namely the couples in which both are journalists, particularly in the access to the special schools, that remain open to receive the children / those of essential workers ”.
Source: Meios & Publicidade by www.meiosepublicidade.pt.
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