14 Apr, 2022 @ 17:45
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US govt Human Rights report slams both Vox and Podemos over press ‘harassment’

Pablo Iglesias, Alberto Garzón Y Miren Gorrotxategi En El Acto De Unidas Podemos Para Las Elecciones Vascas En Bilbao
Pablo Iglesias in the act of Unidas Podemos for the Basque elections in Bilbao, Spain, on July 6, 2020. (Photo by Jon Imanol Reino/NurPhoto)

THE US State Department has slammed the political parties of Vox and Podemos over their ‘concerning’ treatment of the media in the annual human rights report published on Wednesday.

Taking up allegations by human rights groups, It also singled out Pablo Iglesias, the former Podemos leader and deputy prime minister in the coalition government, for ‘verbally harassing’ journalists and the media.

Specifically, the report quotes Iglesias in a speech in Spain’s Congress on February 2021 when he accused the media of being a “weapon of corporate power”.

It also mentioned a complaint from the Spanish Press Association over a Madrid electoral campaign video produced by Unidos Podemos. In it, they used images of journalists for “the purposes of intimidation” and as an “attack on the free exercise of journalism”.

Concerning Vox, the document reports complaints by NGO Reporters Without Borders (RSF). 

“RSF and other rights groups expressed concern that the opposition Vox party sought to stigmatise journalists through virtual harassment and by banning media outlets from covering its events, notably its campaign rallies, ahead of the regional elections in Madrid on 4 May,” the text reads.

Speaking about Spain in general, the report highlights complaints that the Spanish government limited the ability of journalists to cover the covid-19 pandemic and the arrival of migrants in the Canary Islands, “specifically by limiting the ability of photographers to certain locations”.

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Jorge Hinojosa

Jorge Hinojosa Mena was born and bred in Madrid before moving to the UK to study. After an undergraduate degree in Manchester, he completed an MA in International Journalism at City. He has worked in radio and for Spain’s Efe news agency before joining the Olive Press in March 2022. Contact: [email protected]

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