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SRE supports Mexican journalist after attack by German police

Mexico City, Mexico — The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (SRE) continues to protect a Mexican journalist who was attacked by German police while covering a story. The journalist, Ignacio Rosaslanda, suffered injuries during the attack while covering a protest at Humboldt University in Berlin.

In a statement, the SRE (Secretaría de Relaciones Exteriores) reported through the Mexican Embassy in Germany, they continue to assist and grant consular protection to the Rosaslanda after the attack he suffered by the German police May 24.

“During the operation to evict protesters from the Humboldt University in Berlin, local police forcefully subdued the journalist, despite having identified himself as a reporter for the Berliner Zeitung newspaper and maintaining a peaceful attitude.”

The journalist suffered minor bruising during the attack and has since filed a lawsuit for abuse of authority after a video of the attack went viral.  

The Mexican ambassador to Germany, Francisco Quiroga Fernández, met with the journalist at the Mexican embassy.

“During the meeting, Ignacio Rosaslanda handed over the video showing the attack and shared that in addition to the obstruction of journalistic work and the unnecessary use of force.

Photo: SRE May 25, 2024.

“The police officer who made the arrest distorted the events that occurred, conspired with other elements to fabricate testimonies that supported the false version and denied the reporter the immediate medical attention that paramedics intended to provide him.

“The Mexican embassy shared the video of the attack with the German Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and provides support in the lawsuit that the newspaper and the journalist filed for injuries and abuse of authority.

Mexican journalist Ignacio Rosaslanda, left, was attacked by Berlin police while covering a story. Photo: SRE May 25, 2024.

“The diplomatic representation will follow up on the legal process to ensure that the aggression is clarified and the corresponding sanctions are applied,” they said.