Rocked by a Corruption Scandal, Spain’s Government Limits Media Access
Author: Julia Wetherell
It’s not an easy time to be a journalist in Spain. Even as the country’s ongoing economic and unemployment woes continue, and a political scandal of unprecedented scale rocks all levels of government, trust in the press – and incentives to produce objective journalism – are at an all-time low.
The lack of transparency in Spanish institutions has a hand in all of these situations. Spanish law currently makes no provision for freedom of information. Although a draft law that would legitimize routes to transparency and public information access was proposed to Spanish parliament last year, it has not been amended to meet the standards of the Council of Europe Conventions on Access to Official Documents.