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Why Madrid press ignore the ’20-S’ documentary. El Nacional.cat

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Better lose the eyes than not see properly. This is what Madrid press have done with the ’20-S’ documentary, produced by Mediapro and broadcasted on TV3’s Sense Ficció.

Article traduït per AnnA (@annuskaodena)

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On Thursday night the Catalan public television ratings rose to a stratospheric 34.8% thanks to this documentary, however, the Madrid newspapers have reacted like an ostrich in danger, burying their heads in the sand, or like small children, who think they can disappear just by closing their eyes. We know, ignorance is the best contempt.

982,000 people in Catalonia watched the documentary, well over a million during peak time. It was a success, certainly. In social networks, it generated 121,400 tweets and 9.7 million impressions. The hashtag #20STV3 produced more than 50,200 tweets; it was the top trending topic in Spain and the third in the world during two and a half hours on Thursday night. All in all, ’20-S’ was the most talked about TV programme of the day in Spain, according to data from Twitter and Kantar Media, the auditing firm of reference.

This Friday, ’20-S’ was also the star theme of the two great morning shows in Catalan radio, El Matí de Catalunya Ràdio and El Món a RAC1, which together have about 1.5 million listeners.

Ignored news
It’s a bad comparison but, as an example, Spain v Morocco World Cup match had 1,441,000 Catalan viewers, ratings of 58.3%. A blockbuster on TV can get up to between 23% and 25% at the most. Here, the documentary has better rating figures.

Everybody could say this is news just because of the data. A piece of news so easy to spot like an elephant in the room.

However, this was not the case according to Madrid press, both printed and digital, where the ’20-S’ ratings were a little over 0%. There is a small mention in Público (digital), their owner and Mediapro owner are the same person. Tomàs Delclós wrote a column in El País, lightly describing the contents of the documentary: “Audiovisual testimonies question the judicial version regarding the demonstration that took place opposite the Ministry of Economy”. El Confidencial published a brief piece in Vanitatis, their paparazzi section. We won’t mention Vertele nor Ecoteuve, specialised leading TV portals.

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Reasons for this rejection
What is it about this documentary, that they don’t like it?
It provides elements that take Judge Pablo Llarena’s version apart regarding the demonstration that surrounded the Ministry of Economy during the Civil Guard assault on the 20th of September 2017.

It shows how the Spanish police tried to enter the headquarters of the political party CUP without a court order and how they remained outside for more than three hours waiting for sparks to fly and a riot to start that could just justify whatever they were there for.

The documentary puts into context the iconic photo of the Jordis on top of the Civil Guard vehicle which has been used to charge them. They were the last ones to climb on top, after the reporters, amongst others.

It questions why the police force left weapons and ammunition unattended inside the cars: nothing happened, either among the people demonstrating on 20-S or among the officers that left them in plain sight.

It denies the public prosecutor’s version which states there were no officers at the Ministry’s doors. It also ridicules his insolent sarcasm when interrogating Major Trapero.

It warns that the Vice-President, Sáenz de Santamaría; the Minister of the Interior, Zoido and the head of the judicial police in Catalonia, Baena, refused to make any statements for the documentary.

It makes clear the Jordis rejected any sort of violence, on the contrary: they opposed it at all times, they actively discouraged it and they acted as mediators between the Civil Guard and the demonstrators.

The documentary does all of this, furthermore, with previously unpublished footage.
It is precisely because of all this that they don’t like it. What would appeal to others, has the opposite effect here. Because ‘20-S’ not only points at the police and judicial fabrications that have served to keep Jordi Sánchez and Jordi Cuixart nine months in preventive prison. It also points at the complicity of the media in spreading these deceits and in trying to make it the dominant tale in Spain. The documentary removes their masks and places them in front of the mirror. They have not looked at themselves properly, hence the situation.

Article traduït per AnnA (@annuskaodena) segons el meu millor coneixement de l’anglès.
Article translated by AnnA (@annuskaodena) to the best of my knowledge of English.

Source: El Nacional @elnacionalcat


Author: Antoni Maria Piqué
29th June 2018
Image source 1: Crónica Global – El Español
Image source 2:  Diario Público


All cases of censorship against freedom of expression in Spain. El Nacional.cat

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Every day more and more cases are added to the list of violations of the right to freedom of expression in Spain. All kinds of groups have been victims: rappers, journalists, artists, actors…

Article traduït per AnnA (@annuskaodena)

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Below, we have gathered the main cases registered up to date.

Exaltation of terrorism

Valtonyc, exiled

For now, rapper Valtonyc is the only one exiled with sentences related to freedom of expression. He was sentenced by the Supreme Court to three and a half years in prison for crimes of exaltation of terrorism and humiliation of the victims, insults to King Juan Carlos I and threats to Jorge Campos from ‘Actúa Baleares’ political party. All this, because of the lyrics of his songs.

Rather than entering prison, the rapper, from Mallorca, chose to flee to Belgium. His defence His defence says that Europe is the best place where their rights can be guaranteed and they intend to appeal the ruling to the Human Rights Court in Strasbourg.

Offense: Verses such as “I want to communicate a message of hope to the Spanish people, ETA is a great nation”, literal phrase of one of Rajoy’s slips in 2007, “Let’s see if you realise, like Bárcenas case, I lose the papers and I shout GORA ETA in the barracks” or “De Cospedal would not laugh so much in a hole at forty degrees”.

Pablo Hasel, 2 years of prison

Pablo Rivadulla, also a rapper, known as Pablo Hasel, has been sentenced by the National Court to two years and one day in prison for the crimes of exalting terrorism and insults to the Crown and to the State institutions for messages on Twitter and a song uploaded to YouTube. As well as the prison conviction, he has to pay a fine of 24,300 euros.

Hasel has filed an appeal. If neither the National High Court nor, later, the Supreme Court accept the appeals, Hasel must go into prison because he was already sentenced, back in 2014, to two years for exalting terrorism.

Offense: Verses such as “My brother enters PP headquarters shouting ¡Gora ETA!”, “Death sentence now to the pathetic Princesses” o “The GRAPO acted in self-defence against imperialism and its crimes”.

La Insurgencia, 12 people sentenced

La Insurgencia, a group of rappers, were called to testify at the National High Court before Judge Carmen Lamela in November 2016, accused of exalting terrorist organizations such as GRAPO. In December 2017, they were sentenced to two years and one day. Because of this additional day added to the sentence, prison entry of all twelve members is mandatory despite having no criminal record.

The sentence counted on the dissenting opinion of Judge Ángela Murillo, who considered that they wanted “to obtain notoriety, reaffirming their personalities, ultimately, to get attention by other routes”. The group has appealed the sentence to avoid entering prison.

Offense: Verses such as “I know which side I am on, the one of the oppressed, the exploited, remembering how fascists flew with the GRAPO”, “it’s a disgrace that the Bourbons have not yet been subjected to any explosions” or “guillotines are needed for the pigs leading the police”.

The puppeteers of Madrid, prison for one hyphen

Two puppeteers were arrested and sent to provisional prison with no bail at the beginning of February 2016 after representing their show ‘The witch and Don Cristóbal’ during the Carnival. They were accused of exaltation of terrorism and incitement to hatred for showing a small banner which said ‘Gora Alka-ETA’, a word play with ‘Gora Alkaeta’ (long live the mayor).

They spent 5 days in prison, until the Prosecutor’s office changed their mind and asked for them to be freed. The accusation for exaltation of terrorism was filed in June and at the beginning of 2017 they were acquitted of the crime of incitement to hatred. The case was followed with great expectation and indignation and their show was represented in cities all over Spain.

Offense: https://youtu.be/-9SeGbYqEPw

Cassandra, sentences that blow up

Cassandra Vera, @kira_95 on Twitter, was reported in 2016 for her tweets joking about the death of Carrero Blanco. The lawsuit was filed by the Civil Guard -when the girl turned 18 years old- after finding her tweets during Operation Spider, designed to pursue the exaltation of terrorism in social networks.

Cassandra based her defence on freedom of expression but was sentenced by the National Court to a year in prison and seven years of disqualification. His case raised a lot of controversy and, she even received a letter of support from Carrero Blanco’s granddaughter. Finally, the sentence was overturned in 2018 by the Supreme Court, reasoning that her statements were just “humorous” regarding an event that, after 44 years, could be considered “history”.

Offense: Tweets such as “ETA promoted a policy against official cars combined with a space program”, “Spiderman VS Carrero Blanco” o “Kissinger gave Carrero Blanco a piece of the moon, ETA paid for his trip”.

César Strawberry, prison for his tweets about GRAPO and ETA

The singer of Def con Dos, César Augusto Montaña Lehmann, was sentenced, in 2017, to one year in prison and six and a half years of total disqualification for exaltation of terrorism and humiliation of ETA’s and GRAPO’s victims. The National Court acquitted him after considering his messages to be a part of his artistic side, but the prosecutor appealed to the Supreme Court, and he was sentenced one year later. He is accused of writing a series of tweets that he published between November 2013 and January 2014.

Offense: Tweets such as:

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