The creator of both the website and magazine is Jesus Maraña, former director of Público, an online newspaper in Spain. After the dissolution of Público last year, Maraña met with Mediapart to launch infoLibre. Relying on reader subscriptions rather than ads, the online newspaper is dedicated to reporting the news without political or financial backers. Listed on their website are eight journalistic principles that infoLibre promises to maintain. The majority of infoLibre’s staff comes from other major Spanish newspapers.
In an interview with Mediapart, Maraña said journalism in Spain suffers from a “weakness” which affects how readers get their news. With Spain facing an increasing economic crisis, Maraña partnered with other journalists to create a one-stop source for news.
infoLibre is divided into five categories; politics, economy, culture, society, and the media. The site also has a “true or false” tab where they take articles and rate them based on their validity. The print version, Tinta Libre, allows non-members of infoLibre to access exclusive content different from that of the website.
In an interview with El Mundo, Maraña expressed hope that the quality content of infoLibre will result in potential subscribers. The site will also publish its annual accounts.
The launch of infoLibre comes at a crucial time for Spanish media. In late January, El País published a series of documents revealing corruption within Spain’s governing Popular Party (PP). The documents reportedly show payments leading to PP members, including Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy.