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Digital channel notified by the Government to prove legal existence

Camunda News, which produces and presents informative and entertainment content on social networks, was notified this Wednesday by the Government to, within 48 hours, present proof of its legal existence, its director-general told Lusa.


David Boio said the notification was received the day after two agents from the Criminal Investigation Service (SIC) visited Camunda News' facilities and, without any warrant, asked to speak with the owner from whom they wanted information about the channel's legality.

"We are in an electoral context and there is an attempt to control public opinion and the process of building public opinion", said David Boio.

The notification, signed by the National Director of Information and Social Communication of the Ministry of Telecommunications, Information Technologies and Social Communication (Minttics), João Demba, is classified by David Boio as "incongruous".

"Camunda News was transformed into 'TV Digital Camunda News' by a statement that gave the management of the channel and the usual platforms on social networks 48 hours for 'due effects', without realizing that 'effects' and without any normative support, that is, without any legal support that justifies the request, in addition to the will of the guardianship to do so", highlighted David Boio, in a message posted on the channel's portal.

According to David Boio, the National Directorate of Information and Social Communication of the Minttics "not only does not know the law, but also has a reasonable lack of knowledge of what the social platforms YouTube, Facebook or Instagram are nowadays, which is worrying in terms of of a supposed regulator that does not know the nature of the objective it intends to regulate".

Camunda News, on the other hand, awaits "an explanation, and in accordance with the law, regarding the presence of two SIC agents, without any warrant, that is, a document sanctioned by a judge or judicial entity responsible for any investigation in course, hours before notification by the supervising ministry, in a clear confusion of complementarity between them".

Meanwhile, the Justice, Peace and Democracy Association (AJPD) released a note, signed by its president, Serra Bango, in which it condemns what it classifies as an "act of intimidation" by the Government to Camunda News.

The visit by SIC agents and the notification "are a cause for concern" for this human rights association.

"The first fact is that two individuals who identified themselves as SIC agents went to Camunda News' facilities, without, however, respecting the formality of having any warrant for the purpose of searches or a notification for the purposes of investigation or interrogation", said the AJPD.

"The second fact, also made public by Camunda News, is the notification of this by the Ministry of Telecommunications, Information Technologies and Social Communication, considering Camunda News as a digital television", he added.

The AJPD considered that the SIC and the MINTTICS "should clarify public opinion about the legal basis that supports their acts carried out in relation to Camunda News and which were made public".

Camunda News was created in 2020, in a context of confinement justified by the covid-19 disease, and produces content for the social networks YouTube, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

"As the Government was squeezing other media, we emerged as one of the main alternative means of communication", David Boio told Lusa.

Graduated in Sociology from the Catholic University of Lisbon, David Boio, 42, said that about 10 people work at Camunda News and that he himself has been bullied.

"People who know me, who are in the system, as we say here, have warned me to be careful," he recalled.

Lusa contacted the National Director of Information and Social Communication at the Minttics, João Demba, who did not respond.

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