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Spain’s Rebellion Moves to Print
by Michael Levitin
Posted February 4, 2013

financial crime protestCall it publishing on the cheap. And call it Spain’s new experiment in print media for a society fed up with debt crisis, polarized and ineffective politicians and the increasing corruption of government by corporate power.
People say here that now, unlike a few years ago, family dinner discussions routinely center around financial and banking crimes, collusions between government leaders and big business, privatizations and cuts to public services like health care – not to mention the 25 percent jobless rate, a level unseen since the death of dictator Francisco Franco nearly four decades ago. Spain now reportedly has the third-highest poverty rate in the European Union, behind Bulgaria and Romania.

Financial crimes, illegal foreclosures, and cuts and privatizations to the country’s social services have driven many middle-class and middle-aged Spaniards out into the streets demanding justice.
So it’s in this context that a handful of journalists seized an opening. Building on the social and political momentum generated by Spain’s 15M movement – known to many abroad as the Indignados, which began in May of 2011 and continues to campaign against bank bailouts, unlawful foreclosures and a raft of financial and political crimes – editor Daniel Ayllon says the publication is “one more piece in the process, where journalism professionals enter in this chain of social change.” More…