The Spanish Government’s move to shut down the newspaper El Mundo has angered many of its readers and critics.
The newspaper was once a major voice in Spanish politics, covering topics ranging from Catalonia’s separatist bid for independence, the ongoing economic crisis and the rise of the right-wing Popular Party (PP).
Its publication of a report on the state of the Spanish economy on December 13, 2016 sparked a massive online outcry.
It led to an international debate on the limits of democracy and the rights of its journalists.
El Mundo’s editor-in-chief, Fernando Alarcón, has now resigned, blaming the country’s conservative government for the decision.
However, many people have since voiced their opposition to the decision to close down El Mundio.
Some have questioned the independence of the press, while others have accused El Mundó of promoting a pro-capitalist agenda.
In a series of tweets, Alarcó defended the decision, saying he did not think the publication was biased.
The Spanish government has also said it is targeting the publication for alleged corruption and for its role in the “catastrophic” economic crisis in the country.
Critics have said that El Mundoreys report was an attack on Spain’s right-leaning parties, and that it promoted a pro-[left] political agenda.