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Confrontation and harassment against TVE journalists in San Fermín

Laura Rangel Ybarra

July 12, 2023 | 8:00 a.m.

The challenge of coverage of the Sanfermines

The workers of Spanish Television (TVE) have expressed concern and anguish over the increasing hostility they are facing while covering the Sanfermines in Pamplona this year. Journalist Adrian Arnau has highlighted this situation through a series of tweets, lamenting the growing trend of aggression and harassment against journalists.

Face harassment and violence

Incidents of harassment and violence have been a constant at these events, with reporters facing insults, threats and humiliation. Arnau, who has been at the forefront of around 40 live reports, has shared videos illustrating the seriousness of these situations. Although he is quick to point out that this is not an exclusive problem of Pamplona, ​​since they have heard insults from all over Spain.

Information workers in a difficult situation

Arnau argues that journalists, like other jobs, deserve respect for their work. It should not be acceptable for anyone to be subjected to such a level of harassment and assault in their workplace. This feeling has been supported by other members of the TVE team, who have also shared their experiences.

Assimilated violence and the spread of misinformation

Arnau laments the normalization of violence against journalists, describing it as something that has become "normal and acceptable." The reporter has also denied the falsehoods spread by the agitator Javier Negre about the presence of personal security at TVE events.

Persistence in the midst of adversity

Despite these challenges, TVE journalists have vowed to continue their work of objectively reporting events at San Fermín. Arnau concludes his series of tweets by thanking him for the experience of covering the festivities in Pamplona, ​​despite the difficulties.

Political intrusion into news storytelling

The motto "That I vote for you Txapote", a reference to ETA member Francisco Javier García Gaztelu, has been a constant presence in live broadcasts. This motto has been adopted by some political sectors in their fight against the current government, bringing it to the front line of news coverage.

Response of victims of terrorism

Consuelo Ordóñez, president of the Collective of Victims of Terrorism, has ruled on these events. She has expressed her concern about the resurgence of hate in the streets, although this time it has a different political sign. She has also offered her solidarity with the TVE reporter, Adrián Arnau.

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