The Rey praised this wednesday “The critical spirit and the ability to bother from neutrality” by journalist Vicente Vallés and he urged “the entire journalistic family to never give up in their inalienable ethical and professional commitment to democracy and freedom.” Against those who attack freedom of expression and information, Don Felipe affirmed that “without freedom there are no true means of communication” and he wondered “what would remain of freedom and democracy if the media ceased to fulfill its function”.
The Head of State made these statements at the delivery of the Francisco Cerecedo award, which is awarded by the Association of European Journalists and which this year has recognized Vicente Vallés, director and presenter of the newscast Noticias 2 of Antena 3. The journalist has become, due to his critical spirit with the Government, a rare bird on the Spanish television scene. As a consequence of his informative independence, Vallés was appointed by the second vice president of the Government, Pablo Iglesias, in the Council of Ministers on July 7, where the politician came to defend that it was necessary to “naturalize not only criticism” but also “insult.” In this way, Iglesias wanted to justify the attacks that the journalist received on social networks for reporting on the Dina case.
After giving him the award, the King affirmed that Vallés has “basic journalistic qualities, such as independence, reflection, moderation, depth, a critical spirit and the ability to bother from neutrality. His television news programs invite us to think from serenity, at a time with added difficulties such as those currently implied by the terrible pandemic we are suffering.
Valleys, in his words of thanks, warned that “four decades after the Transition, democracy continues to be a good to be preserved” and asked journalists to defend her now, just as the Transition informants did.
Faced with those who try to muzzle journalism, Don Felipe defended “the need to continue promoting and distinguishing the most committed journalism” and urged “the entire journalistic family to never give up on their unwaivable ethical and professional commitment to our constitutional values , with the spirit of Europe, as an idea, as a project and as a reality; in short, with democracy and freedom.
The Francisco Cerecedo Journalism Award, sponsored by BBVA, is endowed with 24,000 euros and a medal designed by the sculptor Julio López Hernández. The Kings were accompanied at the event, which was held at the Prado Museum, by the Vice President of the Government, Carmen Calvo; the mayor of Madrid, José Luis Martínez-Almeida, and the leader of the opposition, Pablo Casado, among others.