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Catalan public TV to take unionist leader to court for 'slander' and 'hate speech

Corporation chief accuses Cs party head of lying after he claimed TV3 insulted opposition candidate Inés Arrimadas

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06 April 2019 11:51 AM

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ACN | Barcelona
The Catalan Media Corporation (CCMA), which runs Catalonia's public television and radio, is to file a number of lawsuits against the leader of the unionist Cs party in Spain, Albert Rivera, for "defamation, slander and inciting hatred."
The head of Catalan public television, Vicent Sanchis, told parliament on Friday that the decision was taken after Rivera accused the channel of calling the leader of Cs in Catalonia and party candidate in the upcoming general election, Inés Arrimadas, a "whore."
"When a political leader says that TV3 has called Inés Arrimadas a whore then he is lying and when this leader has been warned about it time and again, then all that is left is legal defense," said Sanchis, who added: "No one at TV3 called Arrimadas a 'whore'." 
  • "When a political leader says that TV3 has called Inés Arrimadas a whore then he is lying and when this leader has been warned about it time and again, then all that is left is legal defense"

    Vicent Sanchis · TV3 director

Rivera responded to the news accusing the corporation of taking him to court for "telling the truth," and on Twitter the Cs leader insisted a TV3 presenter had insulted Arrimadas in making reference to a controversial tweet by comic actor, Toni Albà
"Pray that [Pedro] Sánchez remains in power because if I become president and you continue insulting the Spanish people, you won't get a euro of public money," Rivera tweeted, who invited Sanchis to a face-to-face meeting: "I'll see you on set," he concluded.

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  • The Catalan public TV outlet TV3, Vicent Sanchis, speaking in Parliament on April 5, 2019 (by Marta Sierra)

  • The Catalan public TV outlet TV3, Vicent Sanchis, speaking in Parliament on April 5, 2019 (by Marta Sierra)

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