On April 12, protestors in Madrid found a different way to express their discontent over a new 'gag' law. They marched to Spain's parliament virtually - in what has become known as the world's first hologram march.

If we take the main television networks for instance, none of them have stressed how brutally this law compromises citizens' rights. The same applies to the main radio stations and the mainstream press.

Enrique Bustamante, professor of Audiovisual Communication at the Complutense University of Madrid,

The law, which will come into effect in July, will make many forms of public gathering and demonstrations illegal.

Protestors will be barred from assembling outside Congress, permission must be sought before any public gathering and fines can be issued if anyone is caught breaking the rules. With non-stop austerity protests over the past three years, this law is likely to have a huge impact.

The media will also be affected. Photographing, filming or publishing pictures of police operations can constitute a criminal offense. You can even be prosecuted for a tweet - if it contains a hashtag publicising a political event the government has not authorised.

This is not the first time a Spanish government has been accused of leaning on the state broadcaster, TVE, over the coverage of a politically sensitive story - and according to the polls this law is opposed by more than 80 percent of the population. In recent months, some senior appointments at TVE have reflected the government's interests. 

With the rise of the anti-austerity leftist party, known as Podemos and with elections eight months away, protests, and their tendency to drive the media narrative - are a big part of what is happening in Spain.

Talking us through the story is Bieito Rubido, the editor of ABC newspaper; Jesus Marana, editorial director at the Infolibre website; Alejandro Caballero, president of the RTVE Workers' Committee; and Enrique Bustamante, professor of Audiovisual Communication at the Complutense University of Madrid.

Source: Al Jazeera