US Ambassador responds to assault of Australian journalists by police exterior White Home

Seven Community cameraman Tim Myers was hit with a riot defend and punched within the face, whereas reporter Amelia Brace was clubbed with a truncheon on Monday (Tuesday AEST).

Each have been shot with rubber bullets and struggled to breathe after tear gasoline was thrown on the crowd.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison described the assault as troubling and has requested for an investigation.

Mr Morrison has spoken to Seven to examine on the crew’s welfare and provide his authorities’s assist, ought to they want to pursue a proper criticism towards police by way of the Australian embassy.

He additionally ordered the embassy to analyze the incident and register Australia’s “robust considerations” with native authorities.

Opposition Chief Anthony Albanese condemned the assault, saying they have been merely doing their jobs.

Footage shows Channel Seven cameraman Tim Myers being punched by a police officer while covering protests outside the White House.

Footage exhibits Channel Seven cameraman Tim Myers being punched by a police officer whereas masking protests exterior the White Home.

“In a democratic society the function of the media is vital, and it is essential the media are in a position to report on occasions, together with crises reminiscent of we’re seeing in america, free from harassment,” he informed reporters.

“The violence that has occurred in the direction of members of the media is totally unacceptable.”

Cupboard minister Greg Hunt mentioned the federal authorities was all the time involved concerning the wellbeing of Australians abroad.

“The Division of International Affairs and Commerce is very targeted on the security and welfare of Australians,” he informed reporters.

A 9 Community crew was detained and searched by Minneapolis Police on Monday.

Reporter Tim Arvier mentioned his cameraman and safety guard have been handcuffed however the officers have been respectful and shortly let the Australian crew go.

The Media, Leisure and Arts Alliance has written to the US ambassador in Canberra to protest the assaults on journalists masking the civil unrest.

The union mentioned Donald Trump’s anti-media rhetoric had contributed to regulation enforcement businesses and protesters brazenly focusing on journalists.

AAP with Rachel Eddie

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