Government considers legal action over Spain's 'digital repression'
Digital policy minister Jordi Puigneró wants to challenge forced closure of 2017 referendum websites in court
The Catalan government is looking into the possibility of going to court over "the digital repression before and after the October 1 referendum."
Digital policy minister, Jordi Puigneró, says the executive is considering "legal proceedings" over the closure of websites and applications by the Spanish authorities in autumn 2017.
"A lot has been said about the repression by police on October 1, and the legal repression of the independence bid, but much less is said about the digital repression we suffered," added the minister.
"A lot has been said about the repression by police on October 1, and the legal repression of the independence bid, but much less is said about the digital repression we suffered"
Jordi Puigneró · Digital policy minister
Talking to the Catalan News Agency (ACN), Puigneró said that Spain's attitude in the weeks before and after the referendum, which was declared illegal by Spanish courts, "should not have to be tolerated in 21st century Europe."
The digital policy minister has already appealed to the European Commission over the forced closure by the Spanish authorities of websites related to the referendum, and while the EU ruled out intervening, it did open the door to possible legal action.
"That is what we are now studying," said Puigneró, who added: "We will have to begin with the Spanish courts, but they are showing with their actions that they do not provide full legal guarantees."
According to the minister, Spain is taking advantage of new technology and social media to try to "recentralize" government powers and "bypass the Catalan executive." "A heavy battle is going on, which I call the Jacobin state 2.0," he added.