The Cantabrian Association of Photojournalists (APFC) has issued a statement in which it expresses its rejection of the incident involving the “entourage” that accompanied the FC Barcelona footballer Gerard Piqué and the singer Shakira, with the photographer who was photographing them when they practiced surfing on the beach of Oyambre (Cantabria).
According to the statement, the incident took place at nightfall last Thursday, when the photographer collaborating with The Montañés newspaper and a member of the APFC, who had just taken some pictures of Piqué and Shakira, with wetsuits and surfboards in the water, was “approached” and “surrounded” by a “group of more than eight individuals”, who They “rebuked, pressured and intimidated” him.
“It is not possible to allow a journalist in the exercise of his work to be attacked with impunity in this way”
And they add that, “at the request of Piqué”, they took away his camera and tried to erase the images. Something that they did not achieve, as this Saturday has shown, with the publication of the images of Piqué and Shakira, both on the cover and on the inside pages of The Montañés newspaper.
“It is not possible to allow a journalist in the exercise of his work to be attacked with impunity in this way, especially when he was also in a public space, and the right of a journalism professional to carry out his work is perfectly regulated “, emphasizes the APFC.
Call to the police
He also points out that, in addition to having “witnesses in the area” who witnessed the incident, the photojournalist called the Civil Guard to “take note of the events.”