Censorship: Harsh Days in Spain

Throughout Francisco Franco's long dictatorial rule, Spain's press has usually been kept as docile as his political opposition. Then, two years ago, the Generalissimo signaled a change. By abolishing some forms of censorship and adopting a more relaxed press code, his government seemed to be saying that it would tolerate freedom of information—up to a point. That point has now apparently been passed.

In the past three months, the government has confiscated the press runs of three newspapers, seized the editions of four magazines. It has also brought criminal charges against seven journalists and sentenced two others to jail—all for...

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