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CRUSTY SCAB

(13/12/2007)

Aquest article no estÓ tradu´t al catalÓ; es mostra la seva versiˇ en anglŔs

On how a socialist faction wishes to purge the Catalan public media.

CATALONIA TODAY ľ SECTION: LONG-TERM RESIDENT - ARTICLE EIGHTY


On December 1st, some half million people took part in the third largest demonstration Barcelona has seen since the death of Franco. Unlike its two single-issue predecessors - the pro-Autonomy demo of 1977 and the anti-Iraq-war one of 2003 - this year's protest was fuelled by a myriad of different local grievances: surreptitious overtaxation, decades of public under-investment, inexplicable power cuts, an inefficient, non-intercontinental airport and the worst commuter train service on the European continent, among others.
It's true there were several independentist groups present, but the vast majority of marchers were as heterogeneous as the wrongs they were denouncing, united only by their awareness that the shabby and occasionally deceitful treatment they had been getting from Madrid had something to do with the fact that, as citizens of a peripheral Principality, they were and always would be politically expendable. Their peaceful demonstration, then, was undoubtedly laced with an unspoken threat: any more of this, and we normally not-very-political people might start looking at secession as a serious option.
Rather than take due note of this unprecedented display of disgruntlement, the nominally socialist PSC-PSOE, the main party in the Catalan government, chose to blame the whole thing on media manipulation of popular opinion. According to a widely publicised statement by an apparatchik-faced spokesperson called Joan Ferran, TV3 (the second most-watched channel in Catalonia) and Catalunya RÓdio (the most listened-to station ditto) catered only to 'nationalist minorities' and were 'too critical' with the government. The names of certain politically suspect (albeit highly popular) broadcasters were mentioned. Well, I'm sure Comrade Joan knows what to do next: accuse them formally of crypto-separatist-deviationist tendencies, then purge them all from screen and dial for evermore. After all, it worked for the KGB. Come to think of it, it still does.


- Textos i contingut: Matthew Tree - Disseny i programaciˇ: Nac -