16 July 1998 Edition

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State censorship

On Wednesday Spanish police broke into and closed EGIN, the newspaper and radio station of the left wing Basque nationalist movement. They arrested the 12 members of the paper's Adminstration Counsel.

The most reactionary media commentators have been asking for this step to be taken for years and Aznar, president of the Spanish Goverment, only a few weeks ago announced in a public meeting that ``every Herri Batasuna member will finish in jail''.

This is not the first time that the state has tried to silence EGIN. This time the ``reason'' is the supposed financial and structural links betwen EGIN and ETA.

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