Report on Catalonia’s presence in 10 major international newspapers

Study on Catalonia's presence and reputation in the international press (2019)

The study on Catalonia's presence and reputation in the international press (2019) undertaken by a research group at Pompeu Fabra University (UPF) led by professors Cristina Perales-García and Carles Pont-Sorribes, analyses Catalonia's presence in 10 major international newspapers: The Washington Post and The New York Times (United States), The Guardian and The Daily Telegraph (Great Britain), Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung and Süddeutsche Zeitung (Germany), Corriere della Sera and La Repubblica (Italy) and Le Figaro and Le Monde (France).

The main conclusions of the study, which will soon be available on Diplocat's website, include the following:

  • Of the newspapers analysed, the ones that pay the most attention to news from Catalonia are, in this order: British (22.9%), French (22.4%), German (21.3%), Italian (20.5%) and to a lesser extent, American (12.8%).
  • Catalonia's presence is directly related to political issues, especially to the conflict between Catalonia and Spain. The second most important topic is the attention the newspapers pay to the rise of the extreme right after the two elections to the Congress of Deputies in Madrid.
  • The ten newspapers analysed published a total of 584 journalistic pieces in 2019. The majority are news reports, but 16% are opinion articles.
  • Foreign correspondents have sound knowledge of Catalonia and its language, and they believe that Barcelona has become extraordinarily interesting beyond the political situation because of new issues like rental prices and the green agenda.