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Thousands of Catalonians and supporters protest for the Independence of Catalonia in Brussels, Belgium, 7 December 2017 , Thierry Monasse/Getty Images

The Catalan civil society leaders have been held in pre-trial detention for more than a year and face up to 17 years in prison if convicted.

Thousands of Catalonian people call for the Independence of Catalonia in a demonstration in Brussels,Belgium, 7 December 2017, Thierry Monasse/Getty Images

This statement was originally published on on 8 August 2018. On 7 August 2018, Carles Torner, Executive Director of PEN International, visited civil society leaders Jordi Cuixart and Jordi Sànchez, currently held in Lledoners prison near Barcelona, at the request of a family member. They have been held in pre-trial detention since 16 October […]

Students of Rey Juan Carlos University call for the resignation of Cristina Cifuentes and for the rector of the university, Javier Ramos, in Madrid, Spain, 12 April 2018, Marcos del Mazo/LightRocket via Getty Images

Spain is one of a handful of European countries that still retain criminal libel law; politicians and public officials involved in corruption scandals are exploiting this legislation in an attempt to stop reporters exposing their misdeeds.