There have been a few new new entries to our attacked cameraman list,
which we’re expanding to include journalists of all descriptions. One
curious is trend is the fast-track that Channel Nine seems to give
those who get attacked. Eddie McGuire, Karl Stefanovic and Helen
Kapalos are the three examples we cite. Keep the new entries and
corrections coming to [email protected]:
Three man SBS crew: reporter Adrian Flood, cameraman Mick O’Brien and sound engineer Andrew
Smailes were all brutally ambushed and bashed by about 10 men after interviewing Lebanese Muslim Association
spokesman Keysar Trad in his office across the road from the Lakemba mosque
in August 2002. Trad’s staff tried to stop it.
Eddie McGuire: Tony Lockett threw one of his crutches when injured at then Channel Ten reporter Eddie McGuire back in the late 1980s.
Damien Barrett:The Courier Mail’s AFL reporter was
elbowed in the stomach by Brisbane Lions football director Scott
Clayton in the carpark after a tribunal hearing in August 1998.
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Karl Stefanovic: The Today show host was a Brisbane-based
reporter in December 2001 when he was king hit by the brother of Gary
Paul, who was on trial for car stealing,
dangerous driving and assaulting police. When Ten reporter Paul Kennedy
asked an A Current Affair cameraman why he was being so friendly with someone
who had just whacked his own colleague, the ACA cameraman tried to pick a fight with Kennedy, who walked away.
Joe Barbaro: the career criminal and father of kidnapped baby Montana lashed out at a camera crew outside court last year as the MediaWatch introduction reminds us every week.