This week, we look at media response to the threat of separatism in Catalonia and at accusations of sexual abuse against successful Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein.
Back from the brink
The Financial Times writes that “some form of recognition of the region’s special status within Spain” could help prevent Catalonia from staging a politically and economically damaging exit from Spain.
… This is a battle that will be won or lost in the court of public opinion, most pressingly among those moderate Catalans who neither favour independence, nor are staunchly pro-union, but who want to see the potential for instability and economic disruption dissipate. … Spain’s allies, in the EU and beyond, should continue nudging both sides towards the negotiating table, discreetly from behind the scenes. …
The Guardian writes that Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein was allowed to prey on vulnerable women for far too long. As with sexual harassment in other industries, Hollywood bosses have taken advantage of women who depend on their approval for jobs. The resignation of Uber CEO Travis Kalanick was also a response to sexual harassment.
… The New York Times discovered evidence of payoffs and non-disclosure awards to injured women dating back decades. Its reporters found other women with humiliating tales of intimidation and harassment that are still snowballing. … The extent of such abuse has become a theme of US corporate and political life over the past 15 months. …