Salazar's interference in the BBC Portuguese service during World War II

Nelson Ribeiro*

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This article presents a case study on the limits of the BBC European Service's journalistic independence during World War II. Not only editorial policy but also the personnel hired by the BBC Portuguese Service were subject to pressure from Oliveira Salazar through the Foreign Office. How the Lisbon government was made aware of the events taking place inside the Portuguese Service and which strategies were used to interfere in its editorial line are discussed. This history presents clear evidence of how the BBC was required to trim its output in order to avoid diplomatic problems arising between the British and the Portuguese governments.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)257-269
Number of pages13
JournalJournalism Studies
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2010


  • BBC European Service
  • Estado Novo
  • Oliveira Salazar
  • Transborder broadcasts


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