Seven News reporter Amelia Brace who, along with her cameraman Tim Myers was assaulted by US police in Washington yesterday, yesterday became part of the story they were reporting.
Brace and Myers were hit with a riot shield and a truncheon, pushed by police and said they had been hit by rubber bullets ahead of President Trump being photographed outside St. John’s Church with a Bible.
The incident made news on The New York Times, Washington Post, CBS News, Bloomberg, The Telegraph, Evening Standard, People, Deadline, The Straits Times, Malay Mail, NZ Herald, TVNZ and more.
Speaking to The Latest last night, Brace reiterated that media must be allowed to tell stories with safety.
“The protection of the media is not because we’re more important, more privileged or more special than anyone,” she said. “It’s because we are everyone. We need to be in there, we need to be in between the police in the protesters, which is where we were, so we can tell both sides of the story. And if we can’t do that safely, then the story won’t be told. And that is when people and democracy suffers.”
But she also said yesterday should have been a story even if they weren’t caught in the middle of it.
That’s because these people were legally and peacefully protesting half an hour before that curfew came into place,” she said.
“They had no reason to expect the police to come in at all, let alone with that sort of force and then later to find out that it was all to clear the way for Donald Trump to walk out and pose with that Bible.
“This happened in broad daylight out the front of the White House in a public park in the United States of America, which is meant to stand up for democracy. And that is not what we saw yesterday.”
Meanwhile US Ambassador to Australia Arthur B Culvahouse Jr. posted on Twitter.
PM Scott Morrison spoke to Seven and ordered the Australian Embassy in Washington to investigate the incident.
A Nine Network crew was also detained and searched by Minneapolis Police on Monday.
Numerous reports of journalists being attacked by police and arrested have been documented as protests rage across the US.