The Ground Rules – Republican and Nationalist International News Management

David Deacon

in British News Media and the Spanish Civil War

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print October 2008 | ISBN: 9780748627486
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748651368 | DOI:
The Ground Rules – Republican and Nationalist International News Management

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This chapter reports the international news management and censorship activities of Republican and Nationalist authorities in Spain. It addresses the propaganda activities that were geared towards managing, controlling, and influencing foreign media coverage. First, it reviews the broad themes that guided the communication and propaganda activities of the combatants in Spain. It explores how these translated into the practical arrangements for foreign journalists on both sides of the war. Some parallels are evident in Nationalist and Republican propaganda, despite their ideological differences. Both sides stigmatised their enemies simplistically. The respective strategies of control that emerged revealed the different political cultures from which they originated. Consideration of the major personalities involved in Nationalist news management is important because it demonstrates how this activity was rooted in a military culture that was instinctively suspicious and antagonistic towards journalists. While the Republic needed to win arguments, the Nationalists only needed to relativise them.

Keywords: news management; censorship; Republican propaganda; Nationalist authorities; Spain; foreign media; foreign journalists; communication

Chapter.  13868 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Media Studies

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