Borja Bergareche

Borja Bergareche is a Spanish-based news executive and former Europe correspondent for CPJ who still advises the organization.

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Why Spain's new gag law is threat to free flow of information

May 1, 2015 1:33 PM ET

On July 1 a public security law is due to come into force in Spain amid an increasingly vocal chorus of concern among the media and press freedom groups. The bill--dubbed the "ley mordaza," or "gag law," by opposition groups--would define protests in front of parliament and other government...

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Morocco accuses Spain's El País of inciting terrorism

April 2, 2014 3:27 PM ET

Morocco's inclination for wielding terrorism accusations against journalists and news outlets who report on extremist groups has extended to Spain, where authorities are investigating El País newspaper and one of its journalists at the behest of the Moroccan government....

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British journalists concerned by regulation, hostile climate

December 2, 2013 11:07 AM ET

As Alan Rusbridger appears Tuesday before the Home Affairs committee of the U.K. Parliament to give evidence regarding the Guardian's coverage of surveillance activities by the U.S. and U.K. governments, British journalists and analysts say that newspaper's legal troubles are worrying in large part because they come against the backdrop...

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Groups call for EU action against mass surveillance

August 1, 2013 10:18 AM ET

Recent revelations of American and British mass surveillance of digital communications have triggered an intense mobilization of European free speech and civil liberties organizations, which have launched an online petition calling on leaders of the European Union to halt the practice. The #dontspyonme campaign was presented by Index on Censorship,...

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In Woolwich aftermath, UK revives 'snooper's charter'

June 20, 2013 2:38 PM ET

Key elements of the British Communications Data Bill, known as the "snooper's charter" by its critics, have returned to the political agenda in the month since two suspected jihadis fatally stabbed Lee Rigby, a 23-year-old soldier, in London's southeast Woolwich district. The bill, which would have given police and...

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Threats to Northern Irish journalists on the rise

June 13, 2013 2:17 PM ET

The Police Service of Northern Ireland has informed a Belfast-based reporter that dissident republican groups, opposed to the peace process, have issued a death threat against her, the British National Union of Journalists said this week. The threat came after the journalist published a story in a local Sunday...

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In UK, medieval tactics may save modern media

February 28, 2013 11:25 AM ET

The long-awaited reform of libel laws in the United Kingdom skirted with collapse this week due to political infighting in the aftermath of the Leveson report on media ethics--the public inquiry that resulted from the News Corp. phone-hacking scandal. With that disaster narrowly averted, attention has turned to what...

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Faith in Somali judiciary hard to find as Abdiaziz jailed

February 5, 2013 1:10 PM ET

"Let's have faith in our judiciary system," Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamed told an audience Monday at London's Chatham House, the foreign affairs think-tank....

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UK parliamentarians scrutinize digital surveillance plan

October 25, 2012 10:46 AM ET

"The rules of the game have changed," then-Prime Minister Tony Blair said after the July 7, 2005, terrorist attacks in London as he announced that the U.K. government would clamp down on terrorists "whatever it takes." Now, the limits of such bold but vague intentions are on show as...

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The long shadow of Spanish politics over public media

August 20, 2012 1:00 PM ET

A recent wave of personnel changes at Spanish state-owned broadcaster Radio Televisión Española (RTVE) has raised concerns about political and ideological influence, with many fearing that journalists closer to the current conservative government are being promoted at the expense of those with alleged progressive views. It is the latest controversy...

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