Restrictive legislation

The Citizen Security Protection Law, usually referred to as the “Gag Law” because of its restrictive impact of freedom of expression and information, began affecting the work of journalists in 2016. At least six journalists have been fined for allegedly obstructing the police or for photographing them. Adopted in 2015, when the ruling Popular Party still had absolute majority in parliament, the Gag Law’s repeal has been demanded by all opposition parties, which also accuse the government of exercising an outrageous level of control over the news program of the state radio and TV broadcaster, RTVE. Meanwhile, the high unemployment rate accompanying the economic crisis in Spain in recent years has had an unprecedented impact on employment within the media. Underpaid or even unpaid freelancers are now widely used within journalism, which has lost its prestige.

in the 2017 World Press Freedom Index



34 in 2016

Global score


19.92 in 2016

  • 0
    journalists killed in 2018
  • 0
    citizens journalists killed in 2018
  • 0
    media assistants killed in 2018
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