‘You are liars, cheaters, mutts’: Outrageous moment as anti-lockdown protesters crowd a veteran journalist before ‘stealing his phone’ – as he lashes out at ‘cowardly idiots’ swearing at him
- Channel Seven reporter Robert Ovadia was assaulted by protesters last Saturday
- A man who filmed the veteran reporter called him a liar, impostor and ‘mutt dog’
- Another man has a physical altercation with Mr. Ovadia
- The reporter responded on Facebook, calling the man who filmed him a ‘cretin’
A Channel Seven reporter confronted by protesters during anti-lockdown protests in Sydney has hit back at the ‘cretin’ that attacked him.
In a video streamed live on social media, veteran television reporter Robert Ovadia was approached by a man as he covered the protests in Victoria Park in Chippendale in Sydney’s inner west on Saturday.
The man begins by asking Ovadia if he is a member of the media and who he works for, while the reporter focuses on his phone.
‘Are you one of us, brother? You’re not with the media, are you?’
Ovadia initially tried to ignore the protesters’ attention by looking at his phone
A man picks up what is believed to be Mr. Ovadia’s phone while the reporter has an altercation with a man in the background
Ovadia then confirmed that he is a journalist covering the protest for Channel Seven.
“Channel Seven is here, boys!” the man shouts as more protesters approach Mr. Ovadia.
“You’re bloody liars, you’re cheaters, you’re lying to Australia,” the man behind the camera tells Mr. Ovadia.
“Bring the right news, mate!” calls another.
The man then repeatedly tells Mr. Ovadia to fuck off.
The reporter appears to be heading for the man before a second person intervenes and a brief altercation ensues.
Another man then appears to run off with Mr. Ovadia’s phone after dropping it during the confrontation.
Ovadia took to Facebook after the incident to send a devastating message to his abusers.
“At least dogs have enough persuasiveness to return to their own vomit,” he wrote.
“Some, like the idiot who made this video, run the other way, enslaved by their own cowardice.”
Mr. Ovadia begins to prosecute the man who films him as he is repeatedly abused for covering the event
He also called the man who filmed him ‘ap**sant’ and ‘a little, little man’.
Mr Ovadia confirmed he was fine “after looking down on much fiercer clashes.”
“I’m just really bummed that my phone was stolen — again, by someone running away whose sole reason for wearing a mask was not to protect others, but to protect themselves anonymity.”
“It doesn’t matter, the police will find him and they will also find the Mensa president who made the video.”
Sydney man Guerino Scevola was charged with six offenses during the confrontation, including assault, affray, theft, possession of a banned drug and failure to comply with a noted direction.
He appeared in Newtown court on Tuesday and was denied bail.
State Police Secretary David Elliott commented on the incident at a press conference, calling it an “outrageous attack.”
“Our freedom of movement may be restricted, but our freedom of expression cannot be restricted,” he said.
“It has never been more important for us to have free access to the media, so that the thousands at home can have reliable, up-to-date and credible information.”
Former NSW Police Secretary, Labor MP Michael Daley, also posted: ‘Spare a thought for Channel 7 Sydney’s Robert Ovadia. A respected veteran. Just bring us the news.
“He endured this today, not in a war zone but in the CBD of Sydney. People who imitate things they see abroad.
“Australia is better than this.”