50 years since the closure of the newspaper ‘Madrid’: "It was an experience that fills a life"

This Thursday, November 25, was the 50th anniversary of the closure of the famous newspaper ‘Madrid’, by order of the Franco regime. On that day in 1971, the journalists who worked at the newspaper at the time came to the newsroom and found an official note from the Franco government that forced them to close it. “We found that the site where we had put all our energy during the last five years was closing down,” says Miguel Ángel Gozalo, then deputy director of the medium.

To remember this day, the Association of European Journalists and the MADRID newspaper foundation, in collaboration with the State Secretariat for Democratic Memory, organized a commemorative event at the Carlos de Amberes Foundation, where journalists who worked for the newspaper at that time met, among others.

Commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the closure of the Madrid newspaper. / Clara Rodriguez / Clara Rodriguez

Apart from with Gozalo, Vozpópuli He has spoken with Miguel Ángel Aguilar, who at the time of the announcement of the closure was a correspondent in London, and with Nativel Preciado, a reporter recently arrived in the media. All three remember closing day as a hard blow. Preciado explains that the night before they went home “so happy”, thinking that the next day they would go back to work.

They have also talked about the importance of freedom of the press, which was then very limited, and on the evolution of it. For Preciado, “it is very impressive to know that they have lived through a period in which one could not write about what one wanted. Of those attempts by journalists like the ones we were in ‘Diario Madrid’ we were gaining rights and thanks to democracy we had full freedom of expression”.

Source: Vozpópuli by www.vozpopuli.com.

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