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Rear-Guard Reactions – Governmental and Commercial Influence on Spanish Civil War Reporting in Britain

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748627486.003.0005
Rear-Guard Reactions – Governmental and Commercial Influence on Spanish Civil War Reporting in Britain

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This chapter investigates how the British government sought to manage British media responses to Spain and how these activities linked to the commercial and political interests of senior news proprietors and editors. It specifically concentrates on what are judged to be the most significant sources of domestic influence on the editorial priorities and policies of the British news media during the conflict. These were, respectively, the British government, media proprietors, and the senior editorial figures within news organisations who commissioned and processed news from their correspondents in Spain. Foreign Office news management operated principally through two means — the routine, off-the-record briefings of senior diplomatic correspondents and the high-level consultations with senior editors, managers, and proprietors of the major news organisations. The British government's barely concealed political and ideological antipathy to the Republic intertwined with general concerns about inflaming international tensions and antagonising the Fascist regimes in Germany and Italy.

Keywords: British government; Spain; news media; proprietors; Foreign Office; Spanish Civil War; commercial influence

Chapter.  14318 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Media Studies

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