Júlio Magalhães appeared in court docket this Wednesday to offer statements in the context of the e-mail case, through which he’s accused of being the director of Porto Canal, at a time when the digital correspondence of numerous figures linked to Benfica was printed weekly in the program. ‘Porto Universe – From the Bank’. In a deposition that lasted virtually two hours, the journalist, extra accustomed to the artwork of questioning, needed to assume the position of an interviewee. Something that he was not used to and that, in all probability, led the lawyer André Domingues, a jiffy earlier than Júlio Magalhães appeared earlier than the decide, to change his final impressions of his constituent. But peace reigns, as a result of, as he himself factors out in the center of the solutions: “I’ve gone by tougher occasions. There are tougher and extra violent processes than this”.
And, even when he requested to take away his tie in the center of the testimony, the matter appeared to be properly studied. It is uncommon that Júlio Magalhães doesn’t reply or has reminiscence issues, though he has confronted some moral points in sustaining an air program the place different folks’s e-mails are proven. The present journalist of TVI defended himself for two causes: contemplating that the dissemination of emails serves to show “unethical practices” that hurt “sports activities reality” and additionally as a result of that area is the total duty of FC Porto. “When I used to be invited, I instantly said that I’d not lead a membership channel, which doesn’t have that profile. I used to be advised that it’s a generalist channel, the place FC Porto has model projection content material. After we developed the channel , 90 per 100% of the grid are generalist channels and 5 or 10 p.c from FC Porto, with model projection. We developed the channel from that perspective. It is a differentiated channel. We have packages on historical past, classical music. .. As far as FC Porto is anxious, it’s broadcast on an antenna and there is no such thing as a interference with it. FC Porto’s content material manufacturing relies on the Estádio do Dragão. There is a clear distinction between FC Porto’s content material and that on Porto channel. Every day now we have to make grids to ship to ERC. And we embody content material from FC Porto. But we make reviews from different golf equipment, now we have V. Guimarães and Sp. Braga stay galas, for instance “, stated od him by explaining this distinction, one thing that makes the level bolstered many occasions: “The content material of FC Porto is made of its personal construction. They are journalists who solely work inside FC Porto, they work immediately with FC Porto. There isn’t any submission to me, they’ve their very own life. It’s like a membership with a one-hour slot on the canal and that is it. The duty is completely theirs. I actually don’t know what they’re speaking about.”
Regarding the Universo Porto – da Bancada program, the place e-mails from figures associated to Benfica started to be printed, Júlio Magalhães admitted that he didn’t see all of them, as a result of it was not a fashion that he appreciated , nevertheless it seems the decide requested if it did not happen to me that there could be a downside happening there. The reporter professes his innocence and admits that he by no means considered it.
“I by no means considered it. That is FC Porto’s duty, I consider it’s legally assured. Moreover, skilled journalists are concerned. I do know it’s a delicate matter. But I simply made certain that Francisco J. Marques will reveal one thing private. I’m anxious about that. Others, no. It has a massive impression. It’s the program with the highest viewers of Porto Canal, with a nationwide impression . And it’s reproduced in all the media. It is a matter of public curiosity. I by no means wish to be concerned in that matter, it’s my solely duty. I additionally don’t need them to be concerned in my work”, replied he, who later turned to his typical companion on Sunday night time, to defend that there’s a public curiosity in that Disclosure of emails:
“I see the public significance of what’s introduced. The contents are of public curiosity. If there are different points, if the emails are lower off, I don’t know. Nothing is claimed inside the program, or what the introduced. I solely discovered later. I by no means interfered in FC Porto’s content material. This is one thing with a nationwide dimension. I don’t think that is a punishment for Benfica, however for the individuals who made these crime. The membership is an establishment. It has one thing to do with the stated acts which might be dangerous. I don’t need and I am unable to, as a result of I don’t wish to intrude”.
Júlio Magalhães made a level to strengthen the concept that he by no means noticed the dissemination of emails as an assault on Benfica, however on those that had dedicated doubtful acts: “It is of public curiosity, of course. It refers of alleged dangerous practices, unethical practices, of folks concerned in the sporting phenomenon and that may change the sporting reality. It will not be aimed toward Benfica, however at some folks”, he affirmed.
In the center of the session, the journalist was additionally confronted with the incontrovertible fact that the program had a superb viewers and the way it might need led him to show his eyes to the diffusion of Benfica’s emails. But Júlio Magalhães confirmed that the incontrovertible fact that it was seen a lot is a signal that there’s curiosity in the public and the public. And he nonetheless remembers the earlier commentator of the present President of the Republic: “People are ready for Tuesday [dia em que o programa era transmitido] whereas they’re ready for Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa’s touch upon Sunday”, he shot, amid smiles from the stands.
The journalist can be confronted with a hypothetical situation: If he decides to intrude with the dissemination of emails, what’s going to occur to him? The reply was easy: “I resigned, or they could say I wasn’t there doing something”, he shot again, though he confirmed that it by no means “crossed his thoughts” to finish the program.
Júlio Magalhães ended up leaving Porto Canal in December 2020, however after that he left below the full consent of FC Porto. He returned to TVI, the place he left to occupy the place of director of Porto Canal about eight years in the past. And throughout the check session he saved his watch, as a result of one thing was worrying him. I’ve a newspaper ready. Eventually he was launched and left the Justice Campus in a hurry, forsaking Francisco J. Marques, Diogo Faria and legal professionals Nuno Brandão and André Domingues.
The trial continues on January 24 with closing arguments.