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Gorka Landáburu

On 15 May 2001, the journalist Gorka Landáburu received a package at his home in Zarauz, a town in Spain’s northern Basque Country. It appeared to have been sent by a business association. When he opened it, 150 grams of Titadine, a compressed dynamite used in mining and by the Basque armed separatist group ETA for its bombs, exploded in his face. He will bear the marks for the rest of his life. In its communiqué claiming the attack, ETA called him a “txakurra de la pluma,” meaning a dog in the service of the Spanish government. When those responsible were tried ten years later, Landáburu testified in court: “I am a journalist. You destroyed my hands. My left eye no longer sees anything. Scars cover my body. But you failed because you did not cut my tongue out.” Long protected by bodyguards, he is now the editor of the Madrid-based news weekly Cambio 16.