Spanish up in arms about FAKE news in the UK tabloids

As reported by Benidorm Seriously on 16th June Over the weekend British tabloids went to press with headlines such as “HOLS TERROR ALERT Brit tourists warned as Spain terror threat raised to ‘SEVERE’ with 40,000 extra cops deployed” and ‘HIGH RISK’ – British tourists warned as Spain terror threat raised to ‘SEVERE’…….. These headlines are FALSE the stories in several UK tabloids state that Spain terror threat level has just been raised to level four out of five……… It was raised to level four in June 2015… has remained at this level ever since.

The Spanish government maintains a national terrorism alert level in response to terrorist attacks in Europe and elsewhere, as wall as information held by its security agencies.  Since 2015 the Spanish authorities have assessed the threat level as “high” the second highest level (level 4 our of 5)  This remains unchanged.  If you wish to check, the current alert levels is available on the Spanish Interior Ministry´s Website (in Spanish)

The British Embassy in Madrid stated: “There has been some media reporting about a reported increase in Spain’s terror threat level. We can confirm that there has been no change to FCO travel advice for Spain.”

Balearic government fury over UK fake news terror threat

Story reported in the Majorca daily bulletin - The Balearic government, the Majorca Hoteliers Federation, and the Spanish Tourism Bureau in London have taken decisive action in trying to curtail headline stories in the UK media claiming that Spain’s main holiday resorts, in particular the Balearics, have stepped up the terror threat level amidst fears of attacks this summer.

As far as the Balearic government and the Spanish Foreign Office are concerned, the UK media has misinterpreted reports about the launch of the annual summer security operation.  During the busy summer months, teams from the National Police and Guardia Civil forces - numbering in excess of 40,000 officers - are deployed to popular destinations to ensure maximum security and safety due to the influx of millions of holidaymakers from all over the world, not just the United Kingdom.

This operation generally runs for three months, July to September, here in Benidorm Eleven new interim agents will join the Local Police of Benidorm to ensure the safety of the beaches.  According to Martinez, "to meet the Generalitat the requirement of Benidorm and other municipalities of the Valencian Community could get to hire 45 interns" until the end of the year instead of the 11 expected.

The UK media, claimed that Spain’s terror footing has been stepped up, which is not true, they reached the wrong conclusio and went to press without checking any of the FACTS.



0 # Vikki Caton 2019-06-22 15:02
I'm not surprised! Shocking xx
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0 # Christine Fyles 2019-06-22 15:23
Never for a minute did I believe this x
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0 # Tracy Ann 2019-06-22 15:24
unfortunately so many did, I even had people sending me private messages asking if they should cancel their holidays, these stories do so much damage
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0 # John McFarlane 2019-06-22 15:34
One would think certain newspapers want people to spend their hard earned deprecated pound at home
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0 # Thulborn-Chapman Photography 2019-06-23 17:39
Unless it's reported on the UK Government FCO website, I won't believe it.
I couldn't believe how many people shared the false article and some of these were friends of mine who I had previously classed as "sensible" hmmmm
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0 # Tracy Ann 2019-06-23 18:01
Unfortunately a lot of people just like any "Story" that causes a bit of alarm, fact or otherwise.
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