This Tuesday, Doral council members approved spokesperson ordinance that establishes a new guideline about the relationship between the media and the City representatives.
As part of this ordinance, the mayor will have the authority to designate a spokesperson as the city official voice, as well as appointing a council member to act as such.
“The ordinance came to be amended because the council in our strategic planning session in February felt we needed to speak with one voice as a council when we make a collective decision,” Mayor Juan Carlos Bermudez said to NBC Miami.
In addition to this, the spokesperson ordinance also states that council members are not allowed to speak to the media on behalf of the city unless they are designated as spokespersons.
This means that when public officials talk to the media, they must specify that their comments or statements are personal viewpoints.
About this, council member Christi Fraga said to NBC Miami that although council members are not formally being censored “by creating a censure you are creating a sanction, which means when I go out to the media to speak, I am in fear of being censured by my colleagues (…) because they may not agree with what I said”.