Valencia regional leader under fire over 43k-euro payment to The Guardian

Ximo Puig this week.
Ximo Puig this week. / EFE
  • At the time of the interview, it was denied that any money had changed hands

Three years ago UK newspaper The Guardian published an extensive interview with the president of the Valencia regional government, Ximo Puig. The interview had wide coverage and was promoted by that government but at the time it was denied that any money had changed hands for the interview. However the interview has now been removed from The Guardian's website and a statement remains saying it has been taken down as it was part of a paid-for publicity initiative. The removal backs up information on the regional government's transparency portal that shows that 43,000 euros was paid.

The interview in November 2016 was in connection with the World Travel Market in London and Puig used the interview to promote tourism to his part of Spain.

However he also used it to put forward political policies and criticise the PP party.

Opposition parties have said it was a waste of money with political motives.