By Toni Serra-Abu Ali (OVNI)
It’s a feeling like a shadow, like when birds see a shadow that is taller than them, they suddenly get scared… I think it’s best not to think too much about this because if you do, you’ll see the shadow. The shadow and censorship are successful due to censorship itself and because of the limits on speech and then the shadow creeps in. This means that the strongest part of this censorship is the degree of self-censorship. So, if you are paying attention to this, you are going to censor yourself more than others will censor you. So it’s like saying “I see this clearly and I stop here”. We never get to this point ever since I’ve had a true ideological position. No, what I’m seeing is this thing and this other thing, here there is terrible suffering, here they are denouncing this other thing, so it’s common sense to report it.
By Alex García (Resistencia Films)
Well, regarding the Gag Law there is a lot of confusion, especially in the media. The Gag Law is a law of citizen security. There have been many in this country, in fact, all governments have had it. The Gag Law in particular, what it does is to update the previous laws of citizen security in the present context, that is to say in a context of massive mobilizations with 15M, in a context where social networks, the internet started to generate an alternative content. It is a law that goes with civil fines, never criminal charges. All these cases of glorification of terrorism go through the National Court and are criminal, therefore it has nothing to do with the Gag Law. Many people confuse it, for example in an interview they’ve done with me, they have titled it “The YouTuber that goes to prison because of the Gag Law” which is something that is really not related because the Gag Law is a fine. This law is a problem and is generating a problem of very high fines that are difficult to afford and that succeed in getting people to refrain from going to a demonstration because they can get fined. That said, this law is not the problem. The Gag Law is one more law, an update of old laws. The problem is much deeper and comes from much earlier. I believe that there has also been a bad intention with this linking of the Gag Law with everything that was happening that was a bit trying to advance the idea that the problem was the Popular Party (PP) and isolate the rest of the political parties from this repression. It was said that the problem was that the Popular Party had implemented a law called the Gag Law to make people think that this was a problem of the Popular Party putting an endpoint and not talking about everything before the Popular Party. And of course, it’s not really like that. The first trial that Pablo Hasel had the Spanish Socialist Workers Party (PSOE) was governing and in this country we’ve had to make a revision with all the governments we’ve had. It’s not something specific to PP.