JOURNALISTS REJECT STATE CONTROL

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Television journalists working for Spain’s public broadcaster, RTVE, are dressing in black every Friday in protest against political interference. The campaign is intended to highlight what those behind it argue is the state’s bias at the Spanish equivalent of the BBC and the death of impartial news coverage.

Protesters have called for the sacking of Jose Antonio Sanchez, president of the RTVE, a network which is financed by taxation, not a licence fee, and holds the largest audience share in Spain.

Veteran British journalist Michael Walsh says many of the West’s greatest journalists have abandoned corporate media in favour of online truth media.

John Pilger, says, “We have got to stop using the term mainstream (media). It is actually an extreme. What could be more extreme than institutions that incite rapacious wars, deception about economic policy, what could be more extreme than that? There is nothing mainstream about that.”

On Tuesday, an RTVE editor resigned after her TV channel refused to run a video in which a government aide was caught criticising protesting pensioners. By contrast, the Spanish government has heavily criticised the regional television station in Catalonia, TV3, which it claims transmits propaganda in favour of separatist parties.

In a statement, the campaign group RTVE Women said: “RTVE workers are wearing black to protest against the parliamentary impasse that is hindering the establishment of a public competition to choose the leadership team and restore RTVE’s professional judgment.

“This struggle, which aims to get RTVE offering diverse, quality and independent information concerns all of us.”

Fernando Casado, Spanish Analyst and Legal Expert spoke out for journalists who detest what they are writing for their corporate masters.

 “Some journalists, who are actually quite open-minded and are aware of the real situation, have no choice but to write what is expected of them by their editors in order to make both ends meet and have a decent salary.”

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