Relations between the Portuguese media and the government of Prime Minister Jose Socrates have deteriorated further after the weekly newspaper “Sol” ignored a judicial order and published a story alleging the government has plans to stifle the media.
The newspaper got hold of police tapes related to a corruption case involving a former government minister and friend of Socrates.
The paper claims that the tapes expose a government plan to take control of the respected newspapers Diario de Noticias, Journal de Noticias and the radio station TSF.
The government denies any such plan for the media exists and considers the papers’ publication of the tape transcripts as a criminal act.
The country’s Ethics Commission is due to discuss the problem next week.