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February 23, 2005

Mario Betencourt Resendes: One-Question Interview

resendes.jpgMario Bettencourt Resendes is the Publisher of Diário de Noticias in Portugal.

He begun his professional activity in “Diário de Notícias” in February 1975, with a complementary training in Paris; invited, in April 1975, to take part in the team that founded “Jornal Novo” where worked, at the beginning, in the Business Section and later in the National Politics Section; invited, in April 1976, to integrate the team that founded the weekly publication “Opção”; appointed chief of the Editorial Office of “Opção” in June; invited, in November 1976, to work in “Diário de Notícias” in the National Politics Section; in charge of the supplement “Analysis” of “Diário de Notícias” since 1979 until the end of its publication; since February 1980 editor of the National Politics, Economy and Labour Section of “DN”; Deputy-Editor of “DN” since April 1986; Nominated Editor-in-Chief of “Diário de Notícias” in March 6, 1992, till February 2004; Publisher of Lusomundo Media (daily papers, radio, magazines, etc) since November 2003; Vice president of the Board of Lusomundo Media since September 2004.

Q: How can the media be objective and non-partisan in matters of terrorism? Does the myth of media objectivity break at the juncture of war and violence? Should journalists even try to appear objective at all?

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The Workshop

On March 11th 2005 the Atocha Workshop on Global Terrorism, hosted by the Safe Democracy Foundation, will create a repository of original thinking on Global Terrorism that will continue to be fed weekly in the form of a weblog by creative thinkers on the subject from around the world. The launching event will take place at the Atocha Train Station on March 11th, 2005. It will begin directly after the commemoration ceremonies at the restaurant Samarkanda, and continue until 9pm. Here, in in an atmosphere that will encourage creative thinking, around 400 people will participate as policy proponents, webloggers or as public; all will be engaged in the discussion of the proposed policies.
Preliminary Program >>

The People

The Workshop will bring together journalists, politicians, activists and scholars in the fields of democratic advocacy and terrorism analysis (see full list). We are introducing them by means of One Question Interviews. Anyone can register to the Workshop and participate by asking them further questions, challenging their assumptions or proposing their own alternative ideas.

The Proposals

The general criteria for published ideas in the Atocha Workshop Weblog are that they be original, creative, potentially executable and most important that their implementation would likely lead to a more democratic world. The basic concept of the Worshop is that in politics, as in biology, diversity is needed to fight a threat. Political leaders, when confronted with the problem of global terrorism need a menu of possible responses. From the proceeds of the discussion on the weblog plus the physical event we will offer a series of Policy Proposals.
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The Issues

During the discussion stage we will be working from a series of topics that we will be refining down to ten main issues to be discussed at the physical conference. As you read this, participants in the workshop are already working together to boil them down to 10 from an original working set of 37.


The Atocha Workshop is sponsored by the Safe Democracy Foundation.