THE news that Spain’s right-wing government is attempting to gag journalists who disagree with its policies is an alarming development that brings to mind the dark days of the Franco era.
A free press is one of the cornerstones of any democracy and any attempt to stifle it will never be viewed in anything other than a critical way by the rest of Western society.
It is important therefore given the current financial gloom engulfing Spain that the country is seen as putting on a united front.
This starts with the government and the press working together to promote the country in a positive light.
It would also go some way towards showing that Spain is finally ready to leave the Franco era behind.