60 Minutes reporter Tara Brown, producer Stephen Rice and sound man David Ballment are said to be in good health as they spend a second night behind bars in Lebanon, after being arrested in Beirut.
They have met with members of the Australian consulate and a lawyer.
They were detained on suspicion they were involved in the abduction of two children, daughters of Brisbane mother Sally Faulkner. A British citizen has also been detained suspected of planning to smuggle the children out, after they were taken to Lebanon by their father.
Video released on Lebanese television yesterday showed two young children being taken off the streets, whisked into a car which left two women behind, believed to be the children’s paternal grandmother and nanny.
“The man came down and hit me on the head with something and I was a little dizzy,” the children’s grandmother Ibtissam Berri told local broadcasters.
“They pulled the child from me, they hit the nanny and took the little girl.”
According to a police official the journalists said during questioning they were on a humanitarian mission and their aim was not to kidnap the children.
Michael Usher earlier told Nine News the events had “…obviously been very concerning for all of us here, but it is a relief to know that at least Australian officials are about to speak to them directly.”
In Beirut Nine’s Tom Steinfort gave an interview in which he claimed the father was declining to press charges in connection with the snatching of his children.
The Nine Network said efforts are underway to secure Brown and the crew’s safe return to Australia.
“We are working with authorities to get them released and home as soon as possible,” Nine said in a statement.