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XAVIER VINADER, JOURNALIST. AGAINST THE DIRTY WAR.

Xavier Vinader, pioneering investigative journalists, explains for the first time the dark side and the contradictions of the Spanish Transition.

Xavier Vinader became a symbol for freedom of speech in Spain during the Transition, as he was the first journalist to be exiled and imprisoned in the Spanish Democracy. He proved the connection between the police and the extreme-right groups attacking the left wing, especially targeting militants of the Basque independence movement. He uncovered the details of this dirty war. He was the first one to denounce that the State also killed people.

In 1979, he published three feature stories in Interviú about the parapolice plots in the Basque Country, thank to the information provided ex-police officer Francisco Ros Frutos. One month later, ETA attacked two people, one of which was mentioned in the feature stories. Vinader and Frutos were prosecuted, charged with inducement to murder and collaboration with armed groups.

For the first time, a documentary has access to that judicial process and uncovers documents from Vinader's personal archive, especially materials related to the ex-police officer who infiltrated in the Basque fascist groups. The documentary explains that the journalist was threatened, attacked and almost kidnapped in Paris by mercenaries working for GAL. It also presents unpublished data about fascist terrorism plots in Spain and Europe, especially related to the dirty war in the Basque Country. His case led to a wave of solidarity all around Spain and Europe. In fact, it became the main process for freedom of speech in Spain after Franco's death.

Vinader and Ros Frutos were finally sentenced to seven years in prison for "professional recklessness resulting in two murders". Then the journalist exiled in France. In 1984, he returned to Spain after closing a deal with the socialist government. After two months in prison, he was pardoned. He denounced state terrorism, and the State used him as a scapegoat to teach investigative journalists a lesson. Xavier Vinader was in prison because he denounced the embryo of GAL. Fifteen years later, a minister, a secretary of state and several high commands of the army and the police were processed and imprisoned because of their connections to GAL.

The documentary has been filmed in Spain (Barcelona, Madrid, Basque Country) and France (Paris and Marseille), with the participation of some major figures from that period, including Eugenio “Antxon” Etxebeste (former leader of ETA), Blas Piñar (leader of Fuerza Nueva), Tasio Erkizia (veteran Abertzale militant, founder of Herri Batasuna), Txema Montero (Vinader's lawyer during the process) and the journalists Rafael Cid and Pepe Díaz from Cambio 16. The documentary tells Vinader's story and delves deeper into the unknown, dark side of the “exemplary Transition” and State terrorism.

 
 

 


 
             
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