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Friday, February 27, 2004

Spanish audiovisual: lack of open political debate

In Spain, a number of writers, academics, singers, journalists and actors have set up a platform to lament the absence of open political debate. "The Spanish press is filled with silences," freelance journalist Emilio Silva said. Though there are many newspapers, each has a distinctive political bias. But though this is common in the privately-owned media, Spain's public broadcaster, too, has come under fire. In January, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe cited Spain's public radio and television channels as an example of "news manipulation". At Television Espanola itself, over half the employees formed an independent Advisory Council.

Source: European Journalism Centre and Expatica/BBC. See also (in Spanish) Periodistas 21 from Juan Varela.

Posted by Bertrand Pecquerie on February 27, 2004 at 03:52 PM in o. Ethics and Press Freedom | Permalink

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