first_img Two Spanish journalists killed in eastern Burkina Faso Follow the news on Spain June 2, 2021 Find out more News RSF_en to go further Reporters Without Borders wrote to Mr Josep Bargallo, chief minister of the Catalan autonomous regional government today about a law adopted by his parliament at the end of last month that would give the Broadcasting Council of Catalonia powers to regulate media content and impose sanctions that are arbitrary and contrary to the principles of free expression. The organisation asked him to submit amendments to the law to the parliament.Dear Chief Minister,Reporters Without Borders, an international organisation that defends press freedom worldwide, would like to express its deep concern about the broadcasting law that was passed by the Catalan parliament on 29 December.We are aware that the Catalan autonomous community needs to have a law regulating the news media, but we believe that some of the provisions of this law pose an especial danger to press freedom.Articles 80.f, 111, 113, 116, 128.c-2, 132.e and 140.1 of this law would enable the Broadcasting Council of Catalonia (CAC) to impose heavy fines on news media ranging from 90,000 to 300,000 euros and to order their closure by withdrawing their licences. According to these articles, the media must respect “the principle of veracity of news and information, based on verification of facts” and must not “obstruct the government’s surveillance activity.”The law thereby grants punitive powers as extensive as those of a court of law to the Broadcasting Council, whose members are elected by a two-thirds majority of the Catalan parliament on the proposal of a minimum of three groups. The “veracity of news and information” is an expression that can be interpreted in restrictive and abusive ways. These provisions are completely contrary to the European legislation in force, which is much more favourable to the principle of free expression.We therefore call on you, Chief Minister, to submit amendments to these article to your parliament in order to make them conform to the European standards in force.We trust you will give this matter your careful consideration.SincerelyRobert MénardSecretary-General Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU SpainEurope – Central Asia Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts April 27, 2021 Find out more RSF and 60 other organisations call for an EU anti-SLAPP directive SpainEurope – Central Asia News Organisation January 19, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Catalan autonomous region asked to amend broadcasting law Catalan autonomous regional parliament adopted at the end of December a new broadcasting law, which pose an especial danger to press freedom. Reporters Without Borders wrote today to the chief minister of the Catalan autonomous regional asking him to amend the law. News News December 2, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more