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