Spain: IFJ and EFJ demand an investigation into police violence against journalists

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. The International and European Federations of Journalists (IFJ and EFF) call on the competent authorities to investigate all the attacks and hold those responsible accountable.

Photo credit: Lluis Gene / AFP

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

The twelve journalists attacked are: Elise Gazengel (from the digital media Contexto), Pol Pareja (, Jordi Mumbrú (daily newspaper “Ara”), Eudald Martínez (radio RAC 1), Albert Salamé and Oriol Izquierdo (, Joan GiraltFreddy 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.

We sent our request to the Interior Advisor of the Catalan Autonomous Government Miquel Buch and the Spanish Minister of Interior Fernando Grande-Marlaska.

Read also SPC, the FeSP regional organisation statementn and FAPE statement.

All the attacks were reported to the Council of Europe Platform for the Protection of Journalism.

For more information, please contact IFJ on +32 2 235 22 16

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