Spain media magnate seeking criminal libel charges against El Pais editor, reporter

Two of Spain's top media companies are facing off after a broadcasting magnate who has bankrolled Woody Allen movies asked a court to file criminal charges against the top editor of the country's leading newspaper.

Jaume Roures, who heads Barcelona-based Mediapro, says El Pais newspaper hurt his reputation with an article last year stating he had 250 million euros ($278 million) in 150 accounts around the world, much of it in tax havens.

He pushed for El Pais to publish a correction, but a judge dismissed that plea in August, saying Roures wasn't hurt and failed to prove the article was false.

Now Roures has mounted a libel and slander case against El Pais editor-in-chief Antonio Cano and reporter Rosario Garcia Gomez in a case made public last week.