28 Feb 2020 Lvl. 2
Resolved
Alert created on: 25 Feb 2020 n° 18/2020 Spain

Spanish Journalist Raquel Guillán Assaulted While Reporting Live on TV

Source of threatNon-state
CategoryHarassment and intimidation of journalists
Partner EFJ/IFJ RSF
Partner EFJ/IFJ RSF
On 22 February 2020, Raquel Guillán, a journalist of Radio Television Canarias (RTVC) was reporting live on the weather effects in Lanzarote when a man approached her and kissed her cheek. Raquel Guillán continued with the coverage despite what happened. On 23 February, the journalist reported the case to the police.
Resolved
28 Feb 2020: On 28 February 2020, given the judgment by the Arrecife court on 25 February 2020, as reflected in the reply from the Spanish authorities, the partner organisations to the Platform declared this case to be “resolved”, concluding it was no longer an active threat to media freedom.
Updates
27 Feb 2020
The perpetrator reportedly dropped his wallet while trying to escape. This made his identification possible, but as the journalist withheld his wallet, he pushed her and pulled her hair.
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