Journalists protest at rise in harassment in Catalonia

Wednesday's sit-down.
Wednesday's sit-down. / EFE
  • A charity protecting press freedom has condemned the increase in violence against media in the region

Journalists in Catalonia staged a sit-down protest in the regional parliament on Wednesday to draw attention to the increasing harassment and abuse they say they are facing in their work.

The demonstration came a day after a report by a world watchdog on abuse of journalists that claimed that up to 50 acts of violence or intimidation had been experienced by media workers in the last two years in Catalonia.

The Reporteros sin Fronteras charity said that "the intensity of attacks on the press is increasing", adding that Catalonia was now "hostile territory" for the press to report from. Last week, a television reporter was subject to abuse live on air while reporting protests marking the second anniversary of the illegal independence referendum.

Around fifty journalists, photographers and camera operators sat on the floor of the parliament building in Barcelona, where regional politicians from all parties approached them to hear their arguments.

The journalists want the politicians to do more to protect press freedom and to more clearly condemn the violence, they said.