Francesc Fàbregas, the editor of El Vallenc, a local newspaper in the town of Valls (Catalonia), yesterday exercised his right not to answer police questions on three criminal charges related to the Catalan referendum process, the newspaper said in an article.

He did make a statement to the waiting media as he left the Civil Guard station in Tarragona shortly before 9 p.m.

"Today has been one of the most difficult days in the 29 years we have been publishing this local and regional weekly. To see so many people who love you and stand by you with their support is very nice. To see that...