Podemos asks PSOE to reform audiovisual law after independent cinema protests


Pablo Ichenic has confirmed that Podemos is “trying to negotiate” with the PSOE ahead of a vote on the legislation, which will take place at the plenary session of Congress on Thursday.

Pablo Ichenic, spokesman for United We Can
Pablo Ichenic, spokesman for United We CanMichael OssoEFE
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United We Can Spokesperson in Congress, Pablo Ichenic, has asked PSOE to reform the audiovisual law, which is being debated in a plenary session this Thursday, May 26. CongressFollowing criticism of the Spanish film industry for its treatment of independent producers and female quotas.

this text i went ahead Thanks to a vote of PSOE, United We Can, PNV and ERC in the commission process last week, with the disapproval of PP, Vox and Junts, and the boycott of Bild and Pseuddanos.

In the press conference of the spokespersons in the lower house, Ichenic mentioned To the trouble of audiovisual production companies That, following the changes introduced in the law, he warned that its current processing could mean “a very severe blow to independent production and its associated cultural sector, the viability of which is now seriously at risk.”

“We do not understand that after this note, PSOE is not going to improve. We are trying to negotiate with them,” warned Ichenic, To continue without change, the law would give all audiovisual production “Four greats for the elite of television”.

Despite this warning, ‘Purple’ backed the text in the previous process, despite earlier warnings last week that they would prefer “One Lesson More Committed” to Independent Production, The wording had already drawn criticism from independent producers, but it was not until this Monday that Spanish cinema was staged in the middle The Cannes festival defies the norms of the future.

Regarding the ERC, with which the Socialists have negotiated the presence of the Catalan, its spokesman, Gabriel Ruffin, He did not want to carry forward the meaning of his vote in the plenary session.

For his part, the spokesman for the Socialist group in Congress, Hector Gámez, expressed confidence in the law “working” because it would provide “legal guarantees” and Has reached out to negotiate with “the purpose of approving it”.

But the regime does not like other parliamentary groups. Thus, PP spokesperson Kuka Gamra in the Congress of Deputies believes that “they have a lot left” because of for a large number of modifications. “Many issues are pending and based on that we will see the meaning of the vote,” he said.

Whereas, Mertex Aizpurua, EH Bildu’s spokesman, who stayed away from the commission’s process, believes the law is a “Lost Opportunity” and sorry it gives “More privileges than those who already have large platforms”, “I hope the government will reconsider and not make the complicated situation worse,” he indicated.

For her part, Ms Paas’s leader, Igo Erren, did not want to advance the meaning of her formation vote in this regard, although she did say that “They don’t see with good eyes” New Criteria When Considering “scarce” Equality quotas as well as the protection of community media and warnings that powers are concentrated in the central administration, among other issues.

PDECAT has pushed the vote, as its spokesman, Ferran Bell, has assured that they will vote against it. “If it’s not fixed, the groups that are going to support this law, they have to give many explanations“, he said. Like other structures, he has been opposed to the changes introduced in the figure of independent producerPromotion of co-official languages ​​or subtitles in languages ​​other than Spanish. Miriya Vahan from CUP has also shown itself against it, describing the future law “Failure”, especially in linguistic matters.

Vocal Having already rejected the text in the Commission and its spokesman, in Congress, Ivan Espinosa de los Monteros has highlighted the trouble of producers with future legislation., “No one agrees. Everyone feels despised”, he summed up without explaining the full meaning of his vote. Furthermore, he has distorted the government that “in the moment of truth supporting the industry, it has forgotten the producers.” “.

Spanish independent producer claimed this Monday during the celebration of the 75th edition of Cannes Film Festival that the new general audiovisual law is not approved this Thursday as it may mean “Known as the death knell of the industry”,

In a statement read to the press, the makers have said that “This is not an exaggeration” Since they have the support of all federations in the production sector in Spain, other associations such as the European Producers Club representing more than 30 countries- in addition to the Spanish Film Academy or the Audiovisual Alliance Federation, CIMA or APPA.

The law has been criticized because of a word change in Article 110 of the Common Law of Audiovisual Communication that “Allow” the television or any other operator May produce material within dedicated obligation to independent producers.

“This takes us away from the European objective of the directive that is being moved and which seeks to promote the existence of a commercial fabric and guarantee cultural diversity by regulating the audiovisual ecosystem. That’s not an aid to a small group, But the security of an entire industry and a key area in the Spanish cultural heritage”, he assured.

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