Freedom of speech is being questioned, again, in Spain this week, following three decisions. First, the Supreme Court confirmed a National High Court sentence awarded last February to a rapper known as Valtonyc, for glorification of terrorism, slander against the Crown (a legal concept sometimes referred to as lèse-majesté) and threats against a regional politician; second, a lower investigative court judge ordered a non-fiction book called Fariña—about drug smuggling in Galicia—seized as a precautionary measure in a defamation suit brought against the publisher; and finally a Madrid exhibition centre called Ifema asked an art gallery exhibiting at the annual Arco show to remove a work titled "Political Prisoners" by Santiago Sierra—which stars several Catalan separatist politicians cur...
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