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Key performance indicators
Democratisation and freedom of speech (1975– 81)
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Freedom of expression is frequently used as an index of democratisation. Blunt instrument as it may be, a critical analysis of censorial apparatus between 1975 and 1981 can help articulate the means by which democracy was conceptualised and exercised alongside a greater appreciation of what were formulated as key performance indicators for the Transition and new forms of government. An increased tolerance for sexually explicit material is explored, as are topics that continued to be policed more carefully. Case-studies include a play by Els Joglars titled La torna, and the film El crimen de Cuenca (Pilar Miró, 1981). Against a backdrop of rising terrorist violence in the Basque Country and military repression, this chapter suggests that democracy was constantly in the dock until the failed coup attempt of 23 February 1981.

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