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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Javier Pradera, Spanish anti-Franco activist, publisher, political analyst and journalist, founder of El País, died he was 77.

Francisco Javier Pradera Gortázar  was a Spanish anti-Franco activist, journalist, political analyst and publisher died he was 77.. Pradera was a journalist and columnist for El País, based in Madrid.[1] Pradera worked as an editorial writer at El País from 1976 to 1986.[1] His first piece for El País was published on May 16, 1976.[1] He remained an El País columnist and editorial board member from 1986 until his death in 2011.[1] Outside of El País, Pradera worked as the director of the publishing firm, Alianza Editorial, and founded the publishing house, Siglo XXI.[1]

(April 28, 1934 – November 20, 2011)


Pradera was born on April 28, 1934, in San Sebastián, Gipuzkoa.[1] His grandfather, Víctor Pradera, a politician who founded the Bloque Nacional, a now defunct conservative party, was killed by anarchists in 1936.[1] His father, Javier Pradera, was also assassinated just one day after his grandfather.[1]
Pradera completed his law degree as a cum laude from Complutense University.[1] He found work within the legal department of the Franco's era Spanish Air Force.[1] However, Pradera was arrested in February 1956 for taking part in anti-Franco university protests, which cost him his job.[1] Pradera turned from his family's politically conservative traditions and joined the Communist Party of Spain, which was banned during the Franco era.[1] However, he left the part in 1964 following the expulsions of Jorge Semprún and Fernando Claudin in a party purge.[1]
Pradera and Fernando Savater, a Basque philosopher, co-founded the Claves de Razón Práctica magazine in 1990.[1]
Javier Pradera died on November 20, 2011, at the age of 77. His last column for El País was published on the same day as his death.[1] The piece, which he titled Al borde del abismo (On the brink of the abyss), warned against a potential interim government for Spain if the European sovereign debt crisis worsened.[1]


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