Crew members from EMTV were physically assaulted yesterday by a cell keeper in front of police officers while on an assignment.
The crew was responding to a news tip-off by locals who told EMTV that five of their boys were locked up in the fifteen mile police station without proper charges laid against them.
It was also reported that police officers involved in the dawn raid had used knives to stab the five boys on certain parts of their bodies.
The crew included a cameraman and a journalist.
The assault happened at five thirty yesterday afternoon when the crew drove up to 15 Mile outside of Port Moresby to further investigate the news tip off.
It was then that Police Officers from a Highway Patrol Unit drove to the station and forced the cameraman to cease filming.
They forced the cameraman to delete the footage he had taken and tore pages out of the reporter’s notebook that contained notes of the incident.
After their particulars were taken, they were punched several times in their faces by the cell keeper believed to be under the influence of alcohol.
The crew was released an hour later. Senior police officers were alerted on the issue yesterday. EMTV contacted the police today but were unable to get a response.
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