The Funchal Administrative Court has ruled that Funchal City's decisions are not to be published in the Jornal da Madeira.
The law says that such decisions are to be published in paid papers, not in free ones. Since 2008, the Jornal has resorted to a scam, by printing a 10 cent cover price to skirt the law, while the paper is handed out for free.
This situation had already been brought to the Public Prosecutor's Office by the Court Auditors in 2009, but following a two year non-investigation, the Deputy Prosecutor, Maria Gameiro, shelved the case, without a single mention of the law that forbids the Municipality from publuishing its decisions in freebies.
It took us one morning in court to prove what the Public Prosecutor was unable to discover in two years of investigation!
The management of the Jornal is committing a blatant fraud against the law and it is unacceptable that criminal proceeding are not brought against them.