60 Minutes Crew Attacked and Injured by a Group of Masked Men While Filming a Story with Liz Hayes on European Refugee Crisis
Frank Coletta, Daily Mail, March 1, 2016
A Channel Nine 60 Minutes crew working with reporter Liz Hayes has been attacked and injured while on assignment in Stockholm.
Sweden’s Avpixlat news service reports that the 60 Minutes team was interviewing residents about the European migrant crisis in the suburb of Rinkeby when they were set upon twice by ‘a group of young African masked men’.
‘When a cameraman got out of the car, a car drove up next to him and the African driver of the vehicle began to fight,’ the agency reported.
‘After two minutes fuss about why they would shoot right in Rinkeby as the driver drove over the cameraman’s foot. The man fell and lay still for a moment while the team continued to film the car quickly drove away.’
Police were called and took statements but once they left another group lay siege on the Australian crew.
‘A photographer was attacked and received a blow on the mouth with a closed fist so that the bloodshed occurred,’ wrote Jan Sjunnesson.
‘A jar was then discarded into the camera. At the same time attacked another photographer who also was beaten right across the chin so that a tooth loose.’
The team then decided to leave Rinkeby.
The attacks were confirmed by the Nine Network to Daily Mail Australia.
‘Liz Hayes and a 60 Minutes crew are currently on assignment in Europe where they are reporting a story about the migrant crisis,’ a Nine Spokesperson said.
‘In a suburb of Stockholm yesterday they were confronted by a group who objected to them filming.
‘There was a series of scuffles and the police were called. The 60 Minutes cameraman and producer were slightly injured but filming continued with police at the scene.
‘The crew have now returned to their hotel and are all fine.
‘Filming on the story continues tomorrow.
‘It is expected the story will be broadcast on 60 Minutes in the next few weeks.’
They say Liz Hayes was not injured in the attack.