Balado was reporting on a robbery in Madrid for channel Cuatro when a man groped her in front of the cameras.
Police in Spain arrested a man for sexually assaulting a journalist while she was on the air.
Isa Balado was reporting on a robbery in Madrid this Tuesday when a man approached her from behind and groped her before asking her which channel she worked for.
Balado confronted him, explaining that he was working and tried to continue with his report, but the host Nacho Abad insisted that he show the man’s face on camera.
Police said in a message on X, formerly Twitter, that a man had been arrested on Tuesday for sexually assaulting a female journalist.
— National Police (@policia) September 12, 2023
The incident occurred as Spain battles sexism after the former president of the Spanish Football Federation kissed a national team player on the lips after the Women’s World Cup final last month.
Mediaset España, owner of Cuatro, said it “categorically repudiates any form of harassment or aggression.”
“We fully support Isa Balado, reporter for ‘En boca de todos’, after the absolutely intolerable situation she has suffered today.”
The incident attracted a lot of attention online, leading Internet users and government officials to condemn it.
An example of the shameful and casual sexism that still exists in Spain.
A man approaches a television reporter doing a live report, touches her butt and then she denounces him, live.
The man has been arrested. Sexual assault live on television. What an idiot. https://t.co/TRZVsDGRcP
-Andrew Connell (@andrewiconnell) September 12, 2023
Machismo is what causes journalists to have to suffer sexual assaults like this and why the aggressors are without any remorse in front of the camera. It cannot go unpunished.
— Yolanda Díaz (@Yolanda_Diaz_) September 12, 2023
The Minister of Labor, Yolanda Díaz, intervened by tweeting: “It is machismo that causes journalists to suffer sexual assaults like this, and the aggressors do not repent in front of the camera.”
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