Catalan News Agency

The Catalan News Agency (CNA, in Catalan: Agència Catalana de Notícies (ACN)) is a news agency owned by the Catalan government via the public corporation Intracatalònia, SA. It is one of the first digital news agencies created in Europe and has been operating since 1999. It is a pioneer in the use of information technologies, teleworking and decentralised organisation applied to a virtual journalistic environment.

The CNA (headquartered in Barcelona) currently employs over 80 professionals and has branches in Berlin, Brussels, London, Madrid, New York City and Paris. Furthermore, it shares information with other state-owned agencies and is a member of ANSAmed, the group of Mediterranean agencies. The CNA offers its informative contents in text, photographic, video and audio formats to over 250 different subscribers, such as television channels, radio channels, the press, the digital press, institutions and businesses. 70% of Intracatalònia, SA is owned by the Catalan government, with the Corporació Catalana de Mitjans Audiovisuals as a minority shareholder.

Catalan News Agency
IndustryNews agency
Founded1999
HeadquartersBarcelona, Catalonia, Spain
Key people
Marc Colomer director
ParentIntracatalònia (Government of Catalonia)
Websitewww.catalannews.com

References

  • Boyd-Barrett, Oliver, ed. (2010). News Agencies in the Turbulent Era of the Internet. Generalitat of Catalonia, Department of the Presidency. ISBN 978-84-393-8303-1.

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12th Parliament of Catalonia

The 12th Parliament of Catalonia is the current Parliament of Catalonia, with the membership determined by the results of the 2017 regional election held on 21 December 2017. The parliament met for the first time on 17 January 2018. According to the Statute of Autonomy of Catalonia the maximum legislative term of parliament is 4 years from the preceding election.

Enotourism

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Fem la República Catalana

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Hemp Museum Gallery

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Joaquim Forn

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Born in 1964 in Barcelona, Forn graduated from the University of Barcelona before joining the legal profession. A supporter of Catalan independence, Forn joined the nationalist Democratic Convergence of Catalonia (CDC) whilst a student. He was elected to the Municipality Council of Barcelona in 1999 and in 2011 he became the city's first deputy mayor, serving until 2015. He was appointed Minister of the Interior for Catalonia in July 2017.

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Law of juridical transition and foundation of the Republic

Law of juridical transition and foundation of the Republic (Catalan: Llei de transitorietat jurídica i fundacional de la República) is the name of a Catalan law whose objective was to guarantee a new legal framework, as well as the orderly succession of the administrations and the continuity of public services, during the transition process of Catalonia to an independent state based on the suspended referendum held the 1st of October 2017. It was drafted to function as a provisional constitution in case 'yes' won the referendum and approved.The law was passed by the Parliament of Catalonia on September 8, 2017 with 71 votes in favor (out of 135) from the ruling coalition JxSí and CUP-CC represented by 72 seats and 47.8% of the social vote support and out-ruling the previous consensus of the Estatut framework and Spanish Constitution; the left-wing opposition party CSQP voted against it and the other opposition parties left the chamber before the votes were cast which represented an opposition of 63 seats even a 48.05% of the social vote.The law was suspended on September 12 by the Constitutional Court of Spain after accepting an appeal from the Spanish government.

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The manifesto points out that the best way to solve legitimate internal disputes is to employ the tools of democracy and calls on the Spanish Government and its institutions, and their Catalan counterparts, to work together to allow the citizens of Catalonia to vote on their political future and then negotiate in good faith based on the result. The manifesto declares that the fact to prevent the Catalans from voting seems to contradict the principles that inspire democratic societies.

The manifesto has been signed by several personalities of international relevance, which include the following five Nobel Prize winners: Rigoberta Menchú, Desmond Tutu, Adolfo Pérez Esquivel, Dario Fo and Jody Williams.

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