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Jaume Guillamet

The Press and Freedom in Spain during the Napoleonic Occupation

Le Temps des médias n°4, printemps 2005, p.214-222

Napoleon’s invasion of Spain had the unintended consequence to free the Spanish press of the restraints that had prevented it from developing and expanding. The invasion and ensuing popular upheaval against the French army lead to the fall of the Spanish state and a liberal movement, that proclaimed and encoded the freedom of the press for the first time in Spanish history. The press was in complete expansion, notably in Cadix, place of residents of the Cortès. Only the local junta hampered the growth in the number of publications. In Catalonia, a territory that Napoleon placed under his direct control – as distinct from the monarchy of his brother Joseph – magazines published by the French administration battled with the insurgents’ journals that sprung up in the small cities. DrapeauFrancais

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