Sunday, August 14

Public media journalists denounce pressure from Junts deputy Francesc de Dalmases

The aggressive and intimidating attitude that Francesc de Dalmases showed towards the journalist from the TV3 program ‘FAQs’ whom he confronted on July 9 in the presence of the President of the Parliament, Laura Borràs, has not surprised some Catalan journalists, who have already they knew the ways of the deputy with the press. Since and Nació Digital uncovered the episode that occurred on the nightly program, even two workers from the public media and another from a private radio station have reported to this medium that they have received various pressures from Dalmases, especially through messages, but also with bad manners or contempt in public.

This newspaper has contacted both the deputy and the Junts press department so that they could offer their own versions of the events, but both have decided not to comment.

One of the cases collected affects a worker from Catalunya Ràdio, who denounces that the now vice-president of Junts has the habit of sending him messages to criticize the approaches of his information, in a tone that the journalist describes as “unpleasant”. In one of the messages to which this newspaper has had access, it is clear that Dalmases tries to influence the chain’s information using his status as spokesperson in the control commission of the Catalan Audiovisual Media Corporation (CCMA), a position which he underlines on more than one occasion before the journalist.

The deputy complains to this Catalan public radio professional that, according to him, Junts constantly has less space than he deserves on the program where he works. Dalmases also considers that the way of covering some of the episodes that affect the president of the Parliament, Laura Borràs, such as the Juvillà case, in which the CUP deputy was left without a seat, had been treated in an inconvenient way for his party, so I asked him to give more space to Junts’ point of view.

Along the same lines, Dalmases told this journalist that, from his point of view, the culprit for Junts being underrepresented on public radio was the director, at that time Saül Gordillo, but he called on the worker to rebel against him. In addition, he assured him that as long as his line of information did not change, he would not have access to any of the important positions in his party.

Accusations and public accusations

The case reported by this journalist from Catalunya Ràdio through the messages he received from the deputy is not the only one that concerns a public medium. Another informant who works for the ACN agency, dependent on the Generalitat, also recounts some uncomfortable messages from Dalmases, which ended in a public remark through Twitter that caused “discomfort and anguish” in the worker, as he describes it.

In the case of this editor, the relationship with the deputy had been correct and even fluid for a time, within the normal parameters between a journalist and a source. But, as he explains, during the campaign for the Catalan elections in February 2021, Dalmases’ attitude towards him changed. “He begins to appear different, more nervous and with intimidating messages in which he reproaches me for things, such as trivializing the extreme right, when I did not do that, and things of this type to pressure me,” says this worker. Dalmases was head of the Junts campaign to which this informant refers, and in which Laura Borràs was presented as a candidate for the presidency.

But the chapter that ended up affecting this journalist from the public agency had to do with one of his messages on Twitter, in which he ironically referred to a meeting that various Junts politicians had held with Carles Puigdemont in the midst of a pandemic. on the border of France and breaking some restrictions that were still active in the Gallic country. This message led to an angry reaction from Dalmases, who reproached both publicly and privately for not saying the same about ERC. The journalist assures that that statement by a deputy made him feel that his professional capacity was being publicly questioned, to which Dalmases also alluded in his message.

These two testimonies from public media workers, as well as what happened on July 9 in the FAQs program, contrast with the statement that Francesc de Dalmases himself made this Wednesday on Twitter, where he stated: “Everyone who He knows me, he knows my respect for the public media in Catalonia”. In the same message, the deputy has asked “apologies to anyone who may have felt offended.” In parallel, the management of the Catalan Audiovisual Media Corporation, the body that encompasses TV3 and Catalunya Ràdio, has condemned this Tuesday the deputy’s anger against the FAQs journalist.

Fights in gatherings

Although the public media are a field of interest for the deputy, there are also complaints about his behavior in some private media. This is the case of an Onda Cero worker, who claims to have had a very conflictive relationship with Dalmases during 2019, a time in which he would have been the object of pressure and anger at times. His first encounter, according to this journalist’s version, occurred in the general election campaign of April 2019, when the Junts deputy went to the studio accompanying Laura Borràs, then a candidate for Congress. But his questions bothered Dalmases, with whom he had a strong argument on the way out.

However, the clashes continued some time later, due to the fact that the program included a gathering of politicians to which Junts precisely sent Francesc de Dalmases. “During the gathering he always discredited me, like a poor fool who had just started and with a very condescending tone,” says this journalist, who recalls that one day, after a news summary, he assured that everything that had been said was false. . A witness to the events confirms that the deputy scolded the journalist in the studio. The professional assures that he came to ask another Junts deputy to relieve Dalmases and also that from the chain they came to meet with Junts to try to smooth the situation. But, according to him, nothing worked. “We stopped doing the gathering with the pandemic and I felt relief,” he says.

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