Spanish radio executives acquitted in 'secrets' case

18th June 2010, Comments 0 comments

Two senior Spanish radio executives who were sentenced to 21 months in jail for "revealing secrets" over the Internet were acquitted on appeal Friday.

Cadena Ser radio's director and news director, Rodolfo Irago and Daniel Anigo, were convicted in December for publishing the names of 78 people who were improperly registered as members of the opposition Popular Party (PP).

The judge had found that the right to information which is enshrined in the Spanish constitution applied to television, radio and the print press, but not to the Internet.

However, a Madrid court of appeal ruled Friday that no criminal offence had been committed, the radio reported on its website.

In its appeal Cadena Ser argued that the ruling posed a "blatant threat to freedom of expression and information and represents an unprecedented risk for the journalistic profession."

The Madrid press association APM and the national journalists' federation FAPE had condemned the sentences as "unheard of, disproportionate and stunning."

Cadena Ser is owned by Spanish media giant Prisa, publisher of the left-leaning daily El Pais.

© 2010 AFP

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