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A new report on the future of the Portuguese public television RTP suggests all information from that broadcaster’s international service should be filtered by the government.

The person responsible for the study João Duque says the promotion of Portugal’s image abroad should be within the “vision of an external policy” under the guidance of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He adds his recommendation is for “the good of the nation”.

Duque sees a different role for the national service of the Portuguese public broadcaster defending fewer news programmes. In an interview with the commercial radio TSF he said “policies cannot define content” but that news could follow the direction of those policies.

Historical note: Portugal lived under a dictatorship between 1933 and 1974. Limited freedom of expression was controlled by a censorship machine which reviewed all content from media organisations.