ETA set off a car bomb outside the Bilbao headquarters of the Basque public TV station EiTB on 31 December 2008, causing considerable damage but no injuries. In a statement, ETA accused journalists of distorting the facts with the support of “political commissars and editors” and accused EiTB of practising “political apartheid” and “taking orders from Spain.” In a barely veiled threat, it added: “We are not going to tell journalists how to do their work. We are making a clear appeal to those in charge of EiTB to work in a responsible way.”
Despite announcing in October last year that it was ending its armed struggle, the organization has not yet surrendered its weapons. In January this year, 19 journalists in the Basque country and other parts of Spain had to live and work under police protection. This is still the case for several of them nowadays.