Through her Twitter account, legislator Flor Pablo Medina announced that together with her co-religionists from the Purple PartySusel Paredes and Edward Málaga presented an ex officio document addressed to the president of Congress, María del Carmen Alva, in which they ask him to lift the restrictions against the press and allow the entry of journalists to the Plenary Chamber, as had normally been the case.
In official letter No. 0100-2021-2022/EMT/CR, presented by the members of the Purple Party, it is requested to take into consideration the delicate situation that the country is experiencing, in which the Executive and Legislative They have been continually discredited and questioned by citizens due to the political and economic crisis of recent months. Given this, they indicated that “it is imperative that Parliament at least transparent the actions, motivations and interests of its representatives, especially when the legislative agenda includes transcendental issues for the country.”
Likewise, they asked the Legislature to respect the commitments assumed by the State with respect to freedom of the press, from own Political Constitution of Peruwhich guarantees the exercise of rights related to the dissemination of information, as well as the Declaration of Chapultepec, signed by Peru in 2004 and which points out the fundamental importance of a free press for the development of freedom of expression.
They argued that previously both groups had access to the facilities of the building located in Plaza Bolívar without any incidents being reported that affected the work carried out by the Chamber, for which reason the reasons that motivated the secrecy on the part of the Legislative Power are not explained. .
No cameras in Congress
The secrecy surrounding the vote for the new members of the Constitutional Court once again raised questions regarding the access given to journalists to the facilities of Congress, due to the lack of transparency on the part of the Legislative Power in relation to the decisions made by its parliamentarians.
However, far from acknowledging how worrying this situation is, several members of Congress have shown hostility towards the press and have given their support to the continuation of this type of measure. Recently, the spokesperson for Renovación Popular, Jorge Montoya, declared openly against the entrance of the media to Parliament and he referred that the citizens only had to “know the final product”, in addition that he did not consider it convenient to see the process behind the measures taken by Congress.
Along the same lines, regarding the work of the men and women of the press, it was the representative of Peru Libre, Waldemar Cerrón, who commented that journalists “should be where they have all the comforts to be able to broadcast” and be in better conditions. , but that they also “must respect the spaces of the Government.”