Spanish leader Mariano Rajoy in Barcelona on Nov. 12. (Manu Fernandez/AP)

Regarding the Nov. 10 The World article "Catalonia crackdown evokes dark memories" :

The article quoted the leader of an "anti- ­immigrant" party. It would have been key to note in a piece about the supposed awakening of the far right in my country that that party — or any other far-right movement, for that matter — doesn't have representation in any parliament in Spain.

That lack of accuracy pervaded the entire article. Spain is a modern and progressive democracy. Catalan media outlets are not under threat as the article stated. No action has been taken against them. On the contrary, a Reporters Without Borders report describes the former Catalan government's pressure on local and foreign media, the harassment of journalists and the generally poisonous climate for press freedom.

President Mariano Rajoy hasn't embraced "the post-Franco constitution as the source of most of his authority." The constitution is not the source of "most of" the president's authority. It is the only source of any authority held in Spain, the same as in any constitutional democracy.

We are far from our authoritarian past. This article didn't represent the reality of my country.

Pedro Morenés, Washington

The writer is the Spanish ambassador to
the United States.