06 Dec 2018 Lvl. 2
Resolved
Alert created on: 16 Mar 2016 Spain

Political Appointments to Head Spanish and Catalan Public TV Channels

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CategoryOther acts having chilling effects on media freedom
Partner EFJ/IFJ
Partner EFJ/IFJ
On 8 March 2016, the Board of Directors of the Spanish public channel RTVE decided to appoint as director, Eladio Jareno, a former head of communication for the Catalan Popular Party. The Spanish Federation of Journalists' Unions (FeSP), in a statement, condemned this decision that is likely to reinforce governmental control over the national public channel. On 28 February 2016, the Union of the Journalists of Catalonia (PSC) in the same manner deplored political appointments within the new leadership of Catalan public media (TV3 and Catalunya Radio), entrusted to individuals with known allegiance to parties forming the Catalan government coalition, namely the ERC and CDC. Journalists' unions are calling for legislative reforms aimed at guaranteeing the independence of public media from the interference from political parties, notably by making possible the appointment of public media board members by a qualified vote of the Parliament.
Resolved
06 Dec 2018: The president of the Spanish public broadcaster RTVE resigned on 22 June 2018, in the wake of a law adopted by the Spanish Parliament under which the members of RTVE’s management and governing bodies should be chosen by means of competitive examination. On 6 December 2018, the partner organisations to the Platform declared this case to be “resolved”, concluding it was no longer an active threat to media freedom.
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25 Jun 2018
José Antonio Sánchez, the president of the Spanish public broadcaster RTVE, resigned on 22 June 2018, in the wake of a law adopted by the Spanish Parliament under which the members of RTVE’s management and governing bodies should be chosen by means of competitive examination.
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