Politics

Spain’s election campaign heats up ahead of televised debates

With less than a week to go before the April 28 polls, Spanish political parties are scrambling to win over undecided voters

ORTEGA Y GASSET AWARDS

Top Spanish journalism awards reward investigative reporting and new storytelling formats

EL PAÍS co-founder praises press freedom at ceremony attended by political, business and cultural leaders

Catalan bid for Independence

Reporters Without Borders warns of harassment of journalists in Catalonia

Group condemns “insults, intimidation and threats” against media that oppose independence for region

CATALAN CRISIS

Thousands of students march in Barcelona to defend Sunday referendum

Catalan police will not block access to voting stations if there is risk of street unrest

SOCIAL NETWORKS

Spanish data protection agency slaps Facebook with €1.2 million fine

Social network found to have compiled and stored information without proper authorization

MEDIA

Public television costs Spaniards just €39 a year, but audiences are falling

Far-reaching and deep funding cuts have left state and regional channels in dire straits

MOVIES

Netflix bursts onto the Spanish film scene with a homegrown production

Directed by Roger Gual, ‘7 años’ will be released in 190 countries simultaneously in October

MEDIA

Spain’s state broadcaster: out of touch, out of money and out of ideas

New report says RTVE has “failed to adapt to changing times” and continues to lose money

OPINION

This is no time for antics in Congress

Deputies should get down to work. They’ve already wasted half a year.

Opinion

Cracks appear in Spain’s low-cost tourism model

Travel may support local economies, but some cities can no longer accommodate the flood of visitors

MEDIA

Ortega y Gasset journalism awards celebrate social reporting

King Felipe VI presides gala event that coincides with 40th anniversary of the foundation of EL PAÍS

MEDIA

EL PAÍS celebrates its 40th anniversary

The newspaper is commemorating four decades of providing information, defending democratic values and serving its readers

GENERAL ELECTIONS 2015

EL PAÍS refuses to accept substitute for Rajoy at upcoming election debate

The leaders of the Socialist Party, Podemos and Ciudadanos will go head-to-head on Monday

SPANISH GENERAL ELECTIONS 2015

The first digital debate of democracy, on Monday November 30

EL PAÍS to broadcast head-to-head between Pedro Sánchez, Albert Rivera and Pablo Iglesias

Ortega y Gasset Awards pay tribute to bravery of the free press

Media restrictions in Venezuela form focus of gala for EL PAÍS-awarded journalism prizes

MEDIA

Bosses at national broadcaster TVE creating “parallel newsroom”

Workers warn that new hirings have coincided with transfer of reporters to obscure shows

MEDIA

Head of Spanish state broadcaster quits over government funding row

RTVE chief Leopoldo González-Echenique had refused to carry out layoff plan

MEDIA

Why Spanish basketball fans are up in arms about World Cup coverage

Mediaset, which owns the rights to the tournament, is only showing 15 of the 60 group games

Why Spanish TV is facing greater scrutiny

Watchdog cracks down on adult-themed programs during children’s slots and unwelcome ad breaks

THE HANDOVER OF THE SPANISH THRONE

Gossip magazine faces investigation over imaginary Letizia interview

‘Diez Minutos’ under fire for publishing chat that “could have taken place” with Spain’s new queen

Cartoonists resign from Spanish satirical magazine after king cover pulled

‘El Jueves’ hits newsstands a day late after publisher bans monarchy-mocking image at final hour

ORTEGA Y GASSET

EL PAÍS journalism awards celebrate the power of a free press

‘Guardian’ editor Alan Rusbridger delivers a passionate speech at Thursday’s ceremony

ONLINE PRIVACY

EU court forces Google to uphold “right to be forgotten” online

Legal battle between tech giant and Spanish data protection agency ends in favor of privacy rights Around 200 cases in Spain were awaiting Luxembourg ruling, which applies to all search engines

CHANNEL CLOSURES

Five TV stations fade to black

Xplora, La Sexta 3 and Nitro among those forced to shut down just before midnight Industry Ministry had given networks May 6 deadline to comply with Supreme Court ruling

media

Nine TV channels to be closed down

Decision by networks to lose stations such as La Sexta 3 and Nitro comes in wake of court ruling

TELEVISION

Mystery protestor interrupts three live TV shows in one week

Man denouncing CIA plot highlights security lapses that labor unions attribute to budget cuts

TELEVISION

Supreme Court rules against regional TV channel Telemadrid’s layoff plan

Decision will guarantee survival of public station, but sacked workers will not be rehired Regional government will have to increase compensation payouts for more than 800 people