The platform of the Council of Europe that promotes the protection of journalism and the safety of journalists indicated on Monday that it has asked the Spanish government for explanations for the attack suffered by a photojournalist from “La Razón” on May 23 during the motorized protest of Vox .RELATED
The platform was informed through the British association Article 19, which also defends freedom of expression and information in the world, and states in the alert that it has sent to the Government that the photojournalist was “physically assaulted by two unknown persons.”
The alert, as this procedure is officially called, was issued last Friday and the platform now expects to receive a response from the Spanish Executive in this regard.
The attack occurred while the photojournalist was making an audiovisual coverage of the demonstration called by Vox in Madrid against the measures adopted by the Executive to stop the pandemic.
The platform reports that the attackers, “shouting slogans against the press, pushed the journalist from behind while recording the demonstration.”
He adds that “after the impact, strong enough to break his shirt, the individuals threw the journalist’s camera to the ground.”
It is the third alert of the platform against Spain this year and the second for an attack. The previous one took place on February 22 when Raquel Guillán, from Radio Televisión de Canarias, was kissed on the cheek by an individual during a live connection.
In the last months of 2019, the platform launched several alerts, since at least 16 journalists were attacked or “violently detained” while covering independence marches in Catalonia.