08 Nov 2019 Lvl. 1
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Alert created on: 21 Oct 2019 n° 127/2019 Spain

Violent Arrest of Photo Reporter Albert Garcia

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CategoryDetention and imprisonment of journalists
Partner EFJ/IFJ Article 19 IPI
Partner EFJ/IFJ Article 19 IPI
On Friday, 18 October 2019, at 22:30, the Spanish National Police violently arrested the photographer Albert Garcia, while he was photographing another violent arrest for the Spanish daily "El Pais". Other journalists present heard the police shout "The camera!", before they arrested Albert Garcia. The journalist wore an armband clearly identifying him as a journalist. He was pushed to the ground and his hands were handcuffed behind his back. The police then threatened journalists who had gathered in front of the national police headquarters in La Verneda, Barcelona, to demand the release of Albert Garcia: "We are policemen and we can do what we want. We are the law". Albert Garcia was finally released at 03:30 in the morning.
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25 Oct 2019
OSCE Representative for Media Freedom concerned by attacks against journalists during demonstrations in Spain, calls for protection of journalists covering protests.
22 Oct 2019
Worried about a context of growing insecurity for journalists reporting on the situation in Catalonia in recent months, with attacks against journalists on the rise, CoE Human Rights Commissioner calls Spanish authorities to investigate all reported cases of attacks against journalists, and to take measures s to guarantee the safety of all journalists during demonstrations.
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