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October 31, 2014

NGO coalition calls attention to Spain's free expression violations

The International Press Institute (IPI) has joined with eight other press freedom organisations to submit a letter to the UN Human Rights Committee listing concerns to be considered during Spain's sixth country review under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR). The review process is generally conducted every four years, when members of the UN Human Rights Committee analyse state parties' implementation of the International Covenant. Other partners to IPI's submission... MORE
April 22, 2011

Concern about threats against journalist investigating corruption in south Spain

Increasingly direct death threats have been made against Gorka Zamarreño , an investigative reporter for, since he began covering the “Malaya Affair” trial in the southern city of Malaga. The case involves an allegedly vast network of corruption centred on real estate operations in nearby Marbella. “We are concerned not only for Zamarreño’s safety but also because such threats sustain a climate that discourages investigative journalism and transparency in a matter of general... MORE
March 21, 2011

IFJ backs action by Spanish unions against jobs cuts in PRISA Media Group

The Executive Committee of the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), meeting in Brussels from March 19 - 20 and the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) have given their full backing for the workers and employees of the PRISA Group which publishes El País newspaper which has recently announced plans to reduce its staff in Spain and Latin America with the estimated loss of 2.500 jobs. "Plans to reduce jobs in the PRISA Media Group take their roots in a doubtful management more... MORE
March 6, 2011

Publisher of Spain's El Pais falls into red

Spain's biggest media group Prisa, which publishes the leading daily El Pais, said Monday it had slumped into the red in 2010 as sales dropped and it cut heavy debt, Agence France-Presse (AFP) has reported. Prisa reported a net loss of 72.9 million euros ($101 million) in 2010 after making a net profit of 50.5 million euros in 2009. Revenue tumbled 14.8 percent to 2.69 billion euros. The details: [ Link ] "In 2010, Prisa implemented much of its financial restructuring plan, with the... MORE
September 17, 2009

Prosecutor wants jail for El Mundo journalist accused of "revealing state secrets"

A Madrid prosecutor on Monday demanded a three year prison term - and a three year ban on practising journalism - for El Mundo Deputy-Editor Antonio Rubio, who is accused of allegedly "discovering and revealing state secrets." The charges stem from articles published in the Spanish daily on May 31, 2005 detailing confidential reports which an informer codenamed 'Cartagena' supplied to the Spanish secret services prior to the 2004 Madrid terrorist train bombings, which claimed nearly 200 lives... MORE
October 21, 2007

Spanish newspaper El Pais unveils new look and philosophy

MADRID, Spain: Spain's top-selling newspaper, El Pais, unveiled a new design on Sunday with greater emphasis on photographs and graphics, a different typeface and the goal of being the world's leading Spanish-language daily. The revamped look is the culmination of a 9-month project to overhaul the center-left newspaper that was founded in 1976, a year after the death of Gen. Francisco Franco. El Pais has rearranged the order of the sections in its print edition, moving the economy section ahead... MORE
July 23, 2007

Spain: Judge orders seizure of satirical magazine over cartoon of prince and wife

RSF condemns the 20 July 2007 seizure order by Judge Juan del Olmo of an issue of the satirical weekly magazine "El Jueves". The issue carries a cartoon on the cover of Crown Prince Felipe and his wife Letizia having sex. The judge said the cartoon may have violated Article 490.3 of the Criminal Code, which punishes "insults" to the royal family by up to two years imprisonment, and also Article 491, which fines actions considered to undermine the family's reputation. "Freedom to caricature is a... MORE