The Press: The Lone Voice

Among the 1,400-odd newspapers and magazines of Spain, only one is free of ironhanded censorship by the Franco government. The exception is Ecclesia (circ. 17,000), official weekly organ of the Spanish Catholic Action group. Ecclesia owes its freedom to its powerful chairman, Enrico Cardinal Pla y Deniel, Archbishop of Toledo and Cardinal Primate of Spain, who is able to stand up for his rights as no Spanish journalist can. Last week Ecclesia Editor Jesus Iribarren, 42, a Basque priest who is the cardinal's journalistic right hand, used the weekly's unique freedom to denounce Franco's censorship, on behalf of the silenced...

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