The news sections of free newspapers the Metro and Evening Standard are whitewashed with spray paint leaving the only the adverts. This reveals the quantity of advertising, visually highlighting the principal function of these publications.
The second part of the title comes from the quote “the newspaper is the spiritual food of the people and should be supervised like all foods” – António de Oliveira Salazar. Salazar was the Portuguese dictator between 1932 and 1968, the Portuguese press was heavily censored during this time and up until the revolution in 1974 🌹
As the stories and information within the news are avidly consumed by vast numbers of people daily, one could argue the first part of the Salazar quote is truthful, but counter to his views shows the importance of free press. However, you could also argue that the Metro and Evening Standard, although literally free, wouldn’t come close to being considered spiritual food.