A French television reporter and his crew were arrested on Monday while filming protesters blockading a coal port in Australia’s northeastern state of Queensland.
State police said seven people, including four French men aged 29, 30, 32 and 39, had been arrested and charged with trespassing on a railway at the Abbot Point coal terminal.
Police did not identify any of the seven.
Reporter Hugo Clément and his television crew were filming an environmental documentary for France 2, said Frontline Action on Coal, the group leading the protest at the port against India’s Adani Enterprises, which is digging a coal mine in Queensland.
Pictures from the protest group showed Clement crouched in a police van and two others, one with a video camera and the other with a camera, being guided by police towards the van.
French journalist @hugoclement and 3 camera men arrested while covering the Adani mine issue for a documentary, at #BlockadeAdani protest at Abbot Point. #StopAdani https://t.co/3i73EdBvtr pic.twitter.com/r3BEsbeSTb— Jenny Weber (@JennyowlWeber) July 22, 2019
via @PerilofAfrica French TV crew arrested in Australia at anti-coal protest: Well-known journalist Hugo Clement and his documentary crew were arrested for blocking a railway. Protestors said they were detained without being warned or asked to move. https://t.co/IgqUC3uIVU pic.twitter.com/uzOMCd9Bkg— MarthaLeah Nangalama (@mlnangalama) July 22, 2019