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Critical Support and the Odd U-Turn: national and international press coverage of the Spanish transition 1975-1978

Hosted by the Cañada Blanch Centre for Contemporary Spanish Studies

Graham Wallas Room, 5th Floor, Old Building

Speakers

Professor Jaume Guillamet

Professor Jaume Guillamet

Universitat Pompeu Fabra

Dr Christopher D. Tulloch

Dr Christopher D. Tulloch

Universitat Pompeu Fabra

Chair

Professor Sebastian Balfour

Professor Sebastian Balfour

London School of Economics

This seminar presents the conclusions of a 10-year research project spearheaded by the UPF in Barcelona on the role of the press and the Spanish transition.

It looks at three questions: a) the international press and the work of the foreign correspondents based in Madrid in the late 1970s; b) the editorial discrepancies of the national daily press and c) the role of the major international and national political and satirical weekly magazines during the Transition years.

The seminar will examine the position of the press towards King Juan Carlos' first months in power, its abrupt U-turn regarding Suarez, the disparity of opinions regarding the legalization of the PCE, its sponsoring of candidates in the first free elections of June 1977 and the run-up to the Constitution of December 1978.

Jaume Guillamet is professor in Journalism History and director of the Journalism Research Group at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain. Christopher D. Tulloch is senior lecturer in International Journalism and director of the MA programme in International Political Journalism at the UPF. They are co-authors of books such as El Desafiament Català (2014), Las Sombras de la Transición (2016), La Transición de la Prensa (2018), or El Periodismo en las Transiciones Políticas (2014).

The Cañada Blanch Centre for Contemporary Spanish Studies runs a series of lectures, seminars and debates in order to disseminate and encourage knowledge of contemporary Spain. It also sponsors the publication of an important series of books on contemporary Spain.


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