‘How dare you?’ ABC reporter is beaten for talking through a minute of silence at an ‘Invasion Day’ meeting for her live broadcast
- News reporter Edith Bevin spoke at the meeting in front of a live television cross
- As the crowd went quiet, Mrs. Bevin continued to speak and describe the scene
- A frustrated woman confronted her and asked her to be more respectful
- The reporter ignored the woman and tried to continue with her live coverage
An ABC reporter has been punished by an angry protester for speaking through a minute of silence during a live broadcast of ‘Invasion Day’.
Edith Bevin spoke in front of a live television cross during the protests in Hobart on Tuesday afternoon.
As the crowd paused to honor the Indigenous Australians killed by white settlers after 1788, Mrs. Bevin continued speaking.
‘It is interesting to see how many people came to the meeting. Now they keep a minute of silence behind me, ”she said.
Reporter Edith Bevin spoke in front of a live television cross on Tuesday afternoon during the protests in Hobart (photo)
Clearly, this is a day marking what the Aboriginal community in Tasmania calls Invasion Day, the day of Australia’s white settlement, and there are no doubt many placards calling for that date to be changed [and] to be more inclusive. ‘
As she described the scene at the meeting, a woman in a white hat approached the camera and asked her to be more respectful.
The woman became frustrated when Mrs. Bevin ignored her and continued the cross.
“How dare you,” the woman said repeatedly.
The reporter tried to persevere, even when a cameraman tried to intervene to eliminate the protester.
“Don’t touch me,” she said.
Pictured: Edith Bevin tries to continue with her live crotch, despite the interruption by an angry woman (pictured)
A man eventually moved between the camera and the reporter to end the broadcast. Pictured: the Hobart meeting
A man eventually moved between the camera and the reporter to end the broadcast.
When Cross went back to anchor Ros Childs, the woman could be heard saying, “How dare you … during the minute of silence, you know how insulting that is?”
The live link was then cut, with Ms. Childs saying, “We might go back to Edith when that minute’s silence is over.”
Twitter users were furious with Ms. Bevin for ignoring the woman’s requests.
Protesters are seen at an Invasion Day rally in Hobart on Tuesday, Jan. 26
When Cross went back to anchor Ros Childs, the woman could be heard saying, “How dare you … during the minute of silence, you know how insulting that is?” Pictured: People at the Hobart meeting
A woman told the national broadcaster: ‘With all due respect, you have to apologize publicly for this. I understand it was a mistake and therefore it needs to be fixed … Don’t ignore people. Or touch them. ‘
“It’s quite simple, don’t have a live segment during a rural moment of silence,” wrote another user.
‘Oooops ABC reporter ignored the moment and then the dumb Ros Child tries to cover it up and says’ we’ll be back after the minute of silence ‘… umm too late Ros,’ wrote a third.