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British News Media and the Spanish Civil WarTomorrow May Be Too Late$
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David Deacon

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780748627486

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748627486.001.0001

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Rear-Guard Reactions – Governmental and Commercial Influence on Spanish Civil War Reporting in Britain

Rear-Guard Reactions – Governmental and Commercial Influence on Spanish Civil War Reporting in Britain

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(p.81) 5 Rear-Guard Reactions – Governmental and Commercial Influence on Spanish Civil War Reporting in Britain
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British News Media and the Spanish Civil War
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David Deacon

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748627486.003.0005

This chapter investigates how the British government sought to manage British media responses to Spain and how these activities linked to the commercial and political interests of senior news proprietors and editors. It specifically concentrates on what are judged to be the most significant sources of domestic influence on the editorial priorities and policies of the British news media during the conflict. These were, respectively, the British government, media proprietors, and the senior editorial figures within news organisations who commissioned and processed news from their correspondents in Spain. Foreign Office news management operated principally through two means — the routine, off-the-record briefings of senior diplomatic correspondents and the high-level consultations with senior editors, managers, and proprietors of the major news organisations. The British government's barely concealed political and ideological antipathy to the Republic intertwined with general concerns about inflaming international tensions and antagonising the Fascist regimes in Germany and Italy.

Keywords:   British government, Spain, news media, proprietors, Foreign Office, Spanish Civil War, commercial influence

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