Spain's new culture minister under scrutiny

Possible conflict of interest due to professional life

MADRID -- Spain's Office of Conflict of Interests said Thursday it is looking into claims regarding Spain's new culture minister and a conflict of interests given her recent post as the president of the Spanish Film Academy.

Spain's Association of Internet Users lodged a complaint earlier this month, following an announcement of state subsidies to the film industry, charging that Angeles Gonzalez-Sinde's post was incompatible with her professional life as a scriptwriter, filmmaker and former-president of the academy.

Both the Office of Conflict of Interests -- a governmental office -- and the Culture Ministry dismissed the news that the allegations were being investigated as the natural procedure followed after a complaint in lodged.

"The Culture Minister follows and will follow the law and will cooperate fully with all requirements requested by the Office of Conflict of Interests," the ministry said in a statement.

Gonzalez-Sinde has taken an aggressive stance against pirating and illegal downloads since her appointment earlier this year. Spain is the world's leader in illegal downloads with more than 200 operating websites facilitating illegal downloads of films, music and videogames.
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