28 Jun 2016 Lvl. 2
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Alert created on: 28 Jun 2016 Spain

Police Pressure and Censorship following the Release of Recorded Conversations of the Interior Ministry

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CategoryHarassment and intimidation of journalists
Partner EFJ/IFJ
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Police officers intervened, on Friday 24 June 2016, in the news room of the daily Público, in Madrid, in order to seize the recording of conversations between the Spanish Interior Minister, Jorge Fernandez Diaz, and the Director of the Anti-Corruption Agency of Catalonia, Daniel de Alfonso. On Tuesday 21 June 2016, the newspaper revealed these conversations, held on 2 and 16 October 2014, which are considered compromising for the Minister. Since they were not in possession of a warrant issued by a judge, the police could not seize the records. On 22 June, the Independent Council on Information of the Spanish public television channel TVE requested the immediate resignation of the Management of the Information Department and of TVE’s Director, accusing them of censoring the broadcast of extracts of the recordings during the TVE news.
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