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No-Do is the colloquial name for Noticiarios y Documentales,[1] ("News and Documentaries"), a state-controlled series of cinema newsreels produced in Spain from 1943 to 1981[1] and closely associated with the 1936–1975 dictatorship of General Francisco Franco.[2]

In their heyday, the No-Do newsreels predictably contained a good deal of propaganda and servile reporting in favour of the Franco regime. They were a way in which Franco could have a monopoly over the news and supply public information, censorship and propaganda for the formation of public opinion favorable to the dictatorial regime.

The No-Do newsreels, tainted by their indelible association with the dictatorship, fell out of favour within a few years of Spain's return to democratic government after Franco's death. The last No-Do was produced in 1981 prior to the operation's absorption into RTVE, Spain's state-controlled television and radio broadcaster. The No-Do archive is an important asset of RTVE and is often mined for nostalgia programmes.[3]


  1. ^ a b "nodo2". Diccionario de la lengua española de la Real Academia Española (Avance de la vigésima tercera edición). Real Academia Española. Retrieved 10 June 2008. 
  2. ^ Boletín Oficial del Estado (Spanish official gazette). (1942-12-22). "Boletín Oficial del Estado núm. 356, de 22/12/1942" (PDF). p. 10444. Retrieved 2014-10-20.  Order for the mandatory and exclusive rights of screening of newsreel film stories in Spain to the publisher News and Documentary Films "NO-DO".
  3. ^ RTVE search engine between 1/1/1970 and 31/12/1979 (Spanish)