A Spanish association of photojournalists showed this Saturday its rejection of an incident in which one of these professionals was “intimidated” by companions of the Colombian singer Shakira and his partner, the Spanish footballer Gerard Piqué, which he photographed when they were surfing.
In a statement, the Cantabrian Association of Photojournalists (APFC) explains that the events occurred last Thursday, when the photographer, a collaborator of The Montañés newspaper, I had just taken some pictures of both in wetsuits and surfboards in the water in Oyambre (Cantabria, northern Spain).
At that time, he was “approached” and “surrounded” by a “group of more than eight individuals”, who “rebuked, pressured and intimidated him.”
Add that, “at the request of Piqué”, they took away his camera and tried to erase the photographs.
But they did not succeed, since the aforementioned medium published the images today both on the cover and on the inside pages.
“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 “, underlines the APFC, to which the photographer belongs.
It also points out that, in addition to having “witnesses in the area” who witnessed the incident, the photojournalist called the security forces to “take note of the events”.
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