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TV clip shows Aussie crew attacked in Sweden

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11:49 CET+01:00
An Australian TV station has released a short clip that shows its crew coming under attack in a Stockholm suburb last month.

The Channel Nine crew, who were working alongside a high-profile Australian news correspondent, Liz Hayes, were confronted in Rinkeby, where the majority of residents are foreign-born.

The crew was reporting a story about the migrant crisis, the channel said. 

"They were confronted by a group who objected to them filming. 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. The crew have now returned to their hotel and are all fine,” a spokesman for the channel said at the time. 

The show is scheduled to broadcast this Sunday, but Channel Nine has just released this ten-second teaser: 

A spokesman for Stockholm's police force, Lars Byström, confirmed to The Local at the time that the crew had filed a report, but only about a specific incident.  

"We were told there was a film team and there were some youngsters who were in the car and there was some kind of argument between the team and then the driver drove over the cameraman's foot."

However he later said that police had decided to close the case as "very experienced police officers" had made the decision to focus their resources elsewhere.

He said no one had come forward in person to report claims that the crew had also been hit or had objects thrown at them by masked men.


Liz Hayes (centre) and other Channel Nine broadcasters. Photo: Channel Nine

Channel Nine was accompanied in Rinkeby by Avpixlat, a site that accuses other Nordic media of suppressing debate on immigration. 

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It has links to the nationalist Sweden Democrats and many current and former politicians from the party write for the site. Mainstream media, including liberal tabloid Expressen and media industry publications Journalisten and Dagens Media, have referred to it as a "hate site" – a description Avpixlat's editor Mats Dagerlind has rejected.

Channel Nine told Australia's Sydney Morning Herald newspaper that it had simply been interviewing Avpixlat staff.

"We categorically deny any suggestion we were in cahoots with this organization, we merely interviewed them in an effort to get all sides of the story," said a spokesman.

Sweden took in record numbers of refugees in 2015, but then decided to re-introduce border checks after local authorities said they were struggling to manage the influx.

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