A Channel Nine cameraman and producer were assaulted and injured in Stockholm on Tuesday during the filming of a 60 Minutes story on the European refugee crisis.
Swedish news services are reporting that a “group of masked men” objected to the 60 Minutes team, including presenter Liz Hayes, filming and interviewing immigrants at Rinkeby Square. In the Rinkeby district of Stockholm nearly 90 per cent of residents come from an immigrant background.
Jan Sjunnesson, who works for local news website Avpixlat, which partnered with Nine on the story, wrote that the Nine crew ran into the trouble before reaching Rinkeby when a man approached asking why they wanted to film in Rinkeby. He then deliberately drove over the cameraman’s foot.
Sjunnesson wrote that six police officers were assigned to protect the Nine crew, but that when they left without warning things took a turn for the worse. A group of masked men allegedly circled the TV crew, with two crew members suffering blows. A bottle was also thrown at a camera, according to the report. One cameraman “was beaten right across the chin so that a tooth [came] loose,” Sjunnesson wrote.
Channel Nine confirmed its 60 Minutes team ran into trouble in Stockholm but only provided basic details. It did however say that news service Avpixlat’ report was “accurate”. Avpixlat is however well known in Sweden as a website that takes a strong anti-immigration stance in its coverage; several Swedish journalists contacted Fairfax directly to make this clear.
“In a suburb of Stockholm yesterday they were confronted by a group who objected to them filming,” the Channel Nine statement read.
“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.”
It said the crew were now “fine” and would continue working on the story on Wednesday. The episode will appear on Channel Nine in the coming weeks.
Sjunnesson said that the 60 Minutes team compared Rinkeby to a war zone: “They told me that they were in Somalia, Syria and Iraq, but nothing like that has just happened to them, they had never experienced [this] anywhere else.”