This Tuesday, an act was held in the National Congress in which the welcome for the 35 years of the first edition of the newspaper Página/12. The celebration was held based on an initiative of the national deputy Gisela Marchiottawho highlighted the newspaper’s commitment to democracy.
The act that took place in the Hall of Lost Steps, decorated with covers of Página/12 representing the different periods of democratic government since Raúl Alfonsín. And it had the participation of the general director and founder of the newspaper, Hugo Soriani; the journalistic director, Nora Veiras the director of digital strategies Ernest Tiffenberg and human rights referents, such as Taty Almeida, Hebe de Bonafini Y Carlos Pisoni; and also the deputy Paul Carrohead of the Communications Commission of the Lower House.
“We have to strengthen genuine journalism, journalism that makes us think but doesn’t tell us what to think. That journalism made me want to be a journalist. And I met him through Página/12, the newspaper where I wanted to work. That journalism that is objective but not partial, because between good and evil you cannot be impartial, and that is without a doubt Página/12”, Marziotta pointed out in the opening.
And he stressed that “Page/12 is a door to democracy, every day for 35 yearsand strengthens it with the commitment regarding the information that brings us closer”.
Tiffenberg could not be at the ceremony, but in a video that he left recorded, he said that at the time of the newspaper’s foundation, in 1987, he thought that the newspaper would last a month, “at most three.” “35 years later, I can’t believe it,” he said, and thanked the institutional recognition “which shows the place that our newspaper came to occupy in the history and current media situation of this country.”
Soriani also recalled the beginnings of the diary and said: “Almost all of us came from exile, from persecution, from prison. And we dreamed of making a diary that expressed the generation that had survived, and also giving a place to the companions who were no longer there”.
For his part, Veiras highlighted that Página/12 “marked the history of graphic journalism in Argentina” Y “It is a voice that continues to be more and more necessary”. “When you see what happened just three weeks ago with the assassination attempt on Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner and one sees the cover of Página/12 the next day saying that it was an attempt to assassinate democracy, that clearly shows what Página/12 is”.
Taty Almeida, a member of the Madres de Plaza de Mayo Línea Fundadora, was present and highlighted that Página/12 has always been on the side of the defense of human rights. “Remember,” she said. For her part, Hebe de Bonafinipresident of the Mothers of Plaza de Mayo, sent “a warm hug to all the colleagues who from the beginning made this newspaper with a lot of effort, which was necessary and necessary.”
The approval for the 35 years of Página/12
It is a celebration that is carried out based on an initiative of the legislator, who promoted a draft declaration in the lower house in which It is highlighted that the first issue of this newspaper “went into circulation on May 26, 1987, marking an outstanding milestone in the history of the Argentine graphic press”.
“On May 26, 1987, Página/12 was born, a newspaper that from that date until today was considered as an alternative to the traditional Argentine graphic press dominated by the vision of the hegemonic media”, maintains the initiative among its foundations and adds that “both today and then, it required a different perspective in approaching the news”.
The draft resolution also points out that “this new look that prioritizes analysis and informed opinion constitutes a useful channel of expression for those who promote, drive or discuss changes in society”, as well as that “the need for another message expresses the importance of having independent media in a democratic society”.
“It is the press free from political and economic ties that helps citizens to make decisions with reliable knowledge of events, to have a wide range of opinions and to demand that the rulers fulfill the responsibilities for which they were elected,” add the text.
It also highlights that “this is how Página/12 was the space for expression of relatives of the detained-disappeared, of the dead and survivors of the last dictatorship, of the claims of Memory, Truth and Justice, of denunciations of corruption, of just claims for their civil rights of groups and minorities, of women fighting for equity, of the defenders of the environment; that is, the voice of those who did not have it with the traditional media”.
“And if we consider that the press contributes to the historical record of the events and, therefore, to the conservation of the collective memory, the role that Página/12 plays in this aspect is fundamental”concludes the initiative whose closure states: “We aspire to a fair, free and sovereign Argentina that continues to expand rights in pursuit of a democracy with more equity and inclusion and where the plurality of voices and information media continue to exist.”