My video report from the gathering at Treasury Gardens in Melbourne today. Monica a journalist from Reignite Democracy was harassed multiple times by the police, at one point being placed under arrest and moved into a police van. I was also taken into custody and fined while doing my job as an independent video journalist covering a political event in Melbourne. I had an officer switch off my camera, and tell me “mate we know who you are, don’t come to these events”. What does that even mean when it’s directed at someone covering the news as a journalist in Australia as a part of their job?
All this while mainstream media get to do whatever they like. Disgusting & shameful behaviour today by the police and no respect whatsoever for independent media and journalists in Victoria.