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China State-Media Reporter Tries to Stop Cameraperson Filming Her During Aussie PM Press Conference

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A reporter for Chinas state-owned Xinhua News Agency took issue with a camera operator who filmed her during Prime Minister Scott Morrisons press conference in Canberra on Friday.

Captured by SBS, the footage shows the reporter walking up to the camera after she noticed it was pointing towards her.

She then placed her hand on the lens saying, “Please dont.”

Reporters from Chinese state media try to suppress filming of their presence at PM press conference today – clip from @BrettMasonNews report tonight pic.twitter.com/WSs3mIhhKM

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She left the press conference afterward.

The incident took place in the Prime Ministers Courtyard in Parliament House.

The Daily Telegraph reported that the incident drew the attention of fellow journalists and Australian Federal Police officers.

The prime ministers security team followed the woman after she left the conference.

The reporter was accompanied to the press conference by a photographer who was filming the event. The photographer was asked by a staffer who she worked for, but she initially declined to answer.

Later, the Daily Telegraph confirmed the photographer did not have the proper credentials, having only an “escorted pass.” Access to Parliament House requires a “permanent media pass,” which the reporter diRead More – Source