OfficialismThe concept of officialdom It is used in several Latin American countries to name the group of officials who are part of a certain government and the movement or the ideas that support it.

Within the notion of ruling party, leaders, economists, journalists and political parties can be included. The ruling party defend the acting authorities and they seek that the ruling party remains in the can.

Some examples where we find the concept: “The ruling party will support the bill that seeks to modify the mortgage foreclosure regime”, “I am outraged by the violent statements of the ruling party”, “The deputy left the opposition and joined the ruling party bench”.

The ruling party, therefore, it is not something static or that it is always linked to them persons or doctrines. A political party that is in government today and, therefore, is the ruling party, tomorrow may lose the elections and become the opposition. Similarly, the party that currently opposes the government is in a position to access power in the future and become the ruling party of the territory in question.

People, in fact, can modify your thinking and behavior and go from the ruling party to the opposition and vice versa without changing the government. Suppose that, in a country ruled by the Socialist Party, a senator who supported the government’s measures ends up disenchanted with the authorities and begins to support the projects of the Liberal Party. It could be said that he left the ruling party and became an opposition politician.

Officialism, dictatorship and the media

It is important to note that in some countries the leaders they act in undemocratic ways, manifesting a posture that borders on the characteristics of a dictatorship (extortion, violence, censorship, etc). In this type of government, the absolute obedience of the people is sought and for this they use different non-democratic tools. The hegemonic dominance of the media is one of the most widely used strategies, with dire consequences. In some countries, the fundamental media, in charge of disseminating information and showing reality to the people, are usually in the hands of the ruling party groups, of the party that has power, and the information is therefore misrepresented according to the interests of said group. .

OfficialismThe term officialdom does not carry any positive or negative connotation. However, in colloquial speech, it is sometimes used in a derogatory way to refer to those media or entities that maliciously protect the rights and opinions of groups in power. It is often said ‘This newspaper is official, you shouldn’t read it’ ‘I don’t watch that channel because it belongs to the ruling party and it tells what they want’, and phrases like that.

In general, those newspapers or television channels that receive a subsidy from the State, that is, they are considered by the people, are usually controlled by the groups that hold power and always offer the official version of events. It is common that in countries where certain media are controlled by the ruling party, the rest speak out against them and try to counter the misinformation with information. However, when there is a state of doubtful democracy, the censorship. And in that case, the ruling party controls all the information that is published and blocks news that opposes its views. In the event that there are journalists or media outlets that try to oppose these policies and, despite censorship, publish their version of the news, the ruling party tends to resort to more drastic methods, of extortion and violence. Without a doubt, the media in the hands of the government is one of the greatest dangers to democracy.