domingo, 6 de setembro de 2009

Portugal PM in 'censorship' row

Portugal's Prime Minister Jose Socrates is embroiled in a row after a national TV channel shelved a programme dealing with alleged government corruption.
Chief editors of the privately run TVI channel resigned after the broadcast - due on Friday - was dropped.
Its owners said the cancellation was due to scheduling priorities.
Opposition politicians have accused the ruling Socialists of censorship. But Mr Socrates, who is running for re-election, denies influencing TVI.
The shelved programme dealt with the so-called Freeport case, involving claims that government officials took bribes during the construction of a shopping mall south of Lisbon in 2002.
Mr Socrates, who was environment minister at the time, has denied any wrongdoing.
Mr Socrates is now campaigning in the run-up to a general election on 27 September, with his Socialist Party's absolute majority in parliament at stake.
BBC NEWS Europe Portugal