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Julien Auvert

De la censure du front aux colonnes parisiennes: l’Agence Havas, l’information et la guerre civile espagnole

Le Temps des médias n°16, Printemps 2011, p. 52-62.

The special role of the oldest press agency during the Spanish civil war was situated at the crossroads between international relations, the market economy, and the military and secret service. As Europe moved towards war, France and Great Britain agreed on a cautious non-intervention policy towards Spanish, the Havas Agency, after a century of monopoly on the news market, seemed to be a major tool for the French foreign ministry, where communications networks, media control and propaganda were concerned. Either because of financial pressure or political reasons, the influential Havas Agency did not just sell news during the Spanish civil war, but was on the front line of a merciless struggle between fascist, nazi and non-interventionist propaganda. It had a major role in the flow of news. It operated as a parallel intelligence source. Above all, it served its very own interests, which led it to tragic events such as the bombing of Guernica or the assault on Teruel. DrapeauFrancais

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