Press conference on January 22, 2021
590 days since the press conference of April 15, 2020, where we introduced in the room » a politically biased question « , which » is not the habit of journalists « , says Sophie Wilmès. The habit of journalists is to ask the questions that politicians expect and to comment on their decisions, rather than to seek the truth. The mass media do not play the role of a fourth estate, but rather manufacture consent. Not being adept at such collusion, the political power will close the doors of press conferences for more than eight months. We were not counting on our determination…
Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, Kairos will publish the 17 press conferences we attended. More than 20 unanswered questions. In front of them, no doubts, no questioning, no desire to understand, but a fixed, rigid end that justifies all their means.
Imagine for a moment if all these issues had been debated democratically. Do you think we would be there today?
-Alexandre Penasse: Good evening, what are your real criteria of what is essential or not in the sense that the New Year’s reception of the Open VLD was essential in view of the flagrant offence and the principle of equality of Belgians before the law, can you confirm that the organizer as well as the guests were fined like the others?
-Alexander De Croo : Just like here, events I participate in, I always ask if the rules are respected, and they were.
-AP: I kind of put myself in the shoes of bartenders, restaurant owners and others, and hairdressers, to get back to this point of essentials and non-essentials. How do you justify the fact that there are crowded buses, supermarkets, while theaters, cinemas, restaurants are empty, that for example sports professionals can continue to play, while children, and we know that this is essential for immunity, can no longer play sports?
-ADC: There are certain activities that we want to maintain, like schools. I don’t think there’s much doubt that we want to keep schools open. Public transport, for people, it is necessary to be able to move and that stores are open, I think it is a good thing, but it is under conditions of rules that are very strict. I can see that merchants are doing everything they can to enforce these rules.