In three separate incidents, news journalists covering Friday's Spanish national day march in Barcelona complained that they were harassed and threatened by unionist protesters while trying to do their jobs. An international correspondent for the French channel France 24, a journalist for Barcelona's Betevé channel, and a news team from Catalonia's TV3 were all affected.
The news crew from Catalan public broadcaster TV3 had to be given protection by police at the central Barcelona rally. The incident was denounced in a tweet by fellow journalist Lorena Moreno, of Spanish public broadcaster TVE. The tweeted video shows how a group of Spanish nationalist demonstrators approach the Catalan journalists, insulting and threatening them. “Let us do our job, whichever media we work for”, says Moreno is her message.
¡Vergonzoso! Dejadnos a los periodistas hacer nuestro trabajo, independientemente del medio que seamos. Todo mi apoyo a los compañeros de @tv3cat que han tenido que ser escoltados por los @mossos. pic.twitter.com/ZkTtSfd4Kk— Lorena Moreno (@lorenaamorenoc) 12 of October 2018
Translation: Shameful! Let us journalists do our job, whatever media we work for. All my support to my TV3 colleagues who had to be given protection by the Mossos police - Lorena Moreno
Members of the Catalan Mossos police moved quickly to protect the TV3 crew and ordered the unionists to move away. This was occurring at the same time as different leaders of Spanish nationalist groups were making their speeches in Plaça Catalunya, with politicians from the PP and Vox parties listening as well as chanting anti-independence slogans.
Meanwhile, another Catalan journalist, Laura Arias of the Barcelona city channel Betevé also complained that she received abuse and interference from unionist marchers, making it impossible for her to do her work. "This is what happened to me today. I didn't say anything, I didn't complain, I didn't respond. I ignored those who were trying to stop me from filming what they didn't want to be seen. It is unfair to have to suffer this tension from any collective", she wrote in a tweet, with video attached.
This is what has happened to me today. I have not said anything, I have not complained, I have not given back there. I have ignored those who attempted that he|she|it did not engrave what they did not want to be seen. It is unfair to have to suffer this tension|voltage on the part of any collective https://t.co/s035nMzYnU — Laura Arias (@lau_arias_) 12 of October 2018
And as well as the two local journalists, an international reporter also suffered similar treatment. French journalist Elise Gazengel, covering the march for the French international news channel France 24 also used Twitter to demounce that she was harassed by Spanish nationalist demonstrators during Friday's march.
Gazengel explained that, just a few minutes before her live broadcast for the French news channel in Plaça Catalunya, a group of men tried to make her wear a sticker of the Spanish flag on her shoulder. She told them she didn't want this. "What do you mean no? We all have to wear them", they responded. Then, she says, the group went away, but returned and stuck the adhesive on her camera when wasn't looking. This isn't the way, she concluded.
A pocos minutos de mi directo Plaza Catalunya unos hombres se acercaron para, en un primer momento, pegarme encima del hombro esta tira española
-“Cómo q no?Todos las tenemos q llevar!”-
Se alejaron para volver cuando no me lo esperaba y pegar esto encima de mi cámara..#AsíNo pic.twitter.com/7xetFLcLQK — Elise Gazengel (@EliseGaz) 12 of October 2018