Australia will investigate attacks on journalists by police in Washington | Instant News


During a live morning news broadcast on the “Sunrise” program on Tuesday in Australia, police were seen using their shields to clear Channel 7 News US correspondent Amelia Brace and photo journalist Tim Myers from the scene. Outlet Australia is a CNN affiliate.

Marise Payne, the country’s foreign minister, said that Morrison had “contacted the Australian Embassy in Washington DC on Tuesday to instruct them to investigate the disturbing incident and provide further advice on registering the Australian government’s concerns.”

Payne added in an interview with ABC National Radio on Tuesday that “I would like to get further advice on how we will register Australia’s strong concerns with responsible local authorities in Washington.”

The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade “reaches Amelia and Tim, the Channel 7 team, to check their welfare through the embassy and Channel 7 in Australia,” Payne said.

Australian reporters were shown to be attacked by police.
The US Ambassador to Australia, Arthur B. Culvahouse Jr., said in statement posted on Twitter that “freedom of the press is a right held closely by Australians and Americans. We take seriously the mistreatment of journalists.”

“We remain firm in our commitment to protect journalists and ensure equal justice for all under the law,” he added.

According to Committee to Protect Journalists, at least 125 violations of press freedom have been reported in the United States by journalists covering protests triggered by the death of George Floyd, a black man who died in police custody in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

At least 20 journalists have been arrested, according to media watchdogs. Omar Jimenez from CNN and his crew members were taken into police custody during a live broadcast at the protest site in Minneapolis last week, although he clearly identified himself as a journalist.

The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office is investigating the alleged attack on a Wall Street Journal reporter covering protests by members of the New York Police Department.

In an interview with “Sunrise” after the incident in Washington DC, Brace said that “we have rearranged our not so bad. Actually it is the tear gas that most makes you, it is very difficult to continue to talk in that situation.”

Brace said that he and Myers were both shot with rubber bullets.

“There was no way out at the time, we had [National Guard] behind us, the police passed so fast that there was no place for us, “added Brace.

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