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Journalists' representatives demand investigation into police violence in Catalonia

15 October 2019

Twelve journalists clearly identified as such were targeted by police violence, on 14 October, in Catalonia, as part of the coverage of demonstrations following the sentencing of nine independence leaders to prison terms for Catalonia’s attempted secession in 2017. 

Most of these attacks were perpetrated by police officers, either by the Mossos d’Esquadra, which are under responsibility of the Catalan autonomous government, or by the National Police, which is under responsibility of the Spanish Ministry of the Interior. 

The twelve journalists attacked are: Elise Gazengel (from the digital media Contexto), Pol Pareja (eldiario.es), Jordi Mumbrú (daily newspaper “Ara”), Eudald Martínez (radio RAC 1), Albert Salamé and Oriol Izquierdo (Vilaweb.cat), Joan Giralt, Freddy Davies and Núria Gebellí (magazine “La Directa”), Pau Venteo (Catalunya Radio), Victor Asensio (Elprat TV), and a photo reporter who prefers to remain anonymous. 

Eudald Martínez is the only victim who was not attacked by police officers: he was hit by a stone thrown by demonstrators. Most of the incidents were recorded in the vicinity of Barcelona El Prat Airport. 

Today the European and International Federations of Journalists (EFJ and IFJ) joined their Spanish affiliates, the Federation of Journalists’ Unions (FESP), the Catalan Journalists’ Union (SPC) and FSC-CCOO in demanding an investigation in order to establish the responsibility for the attacks. 

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