Mayte Quílez, director of Spain's El Jueves magazine, was punched by a hooded figure outside her home in Barcelona, Catalan news site El Nacional reports. Quílez received only light injuries and has since reported the incident to police.
The attack came the day after the highly popular magazine shared images of the front cover of its latest issue on various social media platforms. That cover shows a mother and son watching on during a demonstration of neo-Nazis.
“Why are all these men bald? Do they have cancer?” the boy asks his mother.
“I hope so,” she replies.
The cover created a stir in Spain after the magazine ran the image on Facebook with a message inviting “Nazis, idiots and/or voters of (political party) Vox” to send their complaints to a dedicated email address.
The magazine received numerous threats after publishing the post, but Quílez said in a tweet on Wednesday that she refused to be intimidated by a “moron”.
Gracias a todos por vuestro interés. Soy aragonesa y no me tumba un tarado @eljueves— Mayte Quílez (@MayteQuilez) May 11, 2016
El Jueves is not in the habit of shying away from controversy.
It made headlines across Spain in 2014 after the company which owns it binned 60.000 copies at the last minute because their front cover showed Spain's King Juan Carlos putting a dung-filled crown on his heir Prince Felipe's head.
The original 2014 cover which was binned and it's last-minute replacement. Image: El Jueves
A new version of the magazine carried a cover showing the image of the leader of Spain's Podemos party Pablo Iglesias with the picture of the royals relegated to the inside of the publication.
El Jueves was also forced to pull a front cover in 2007 which caricatured Prince Felipe and his wife Letizia having sexual intercourse as the image was deemed “disrespectful”.