Avi Yemini receives an apology from Victorian police after being illegally arrested during protests


Victoria police apologized for arresting Australian correspondent Avi Yemini in Rebel News while reporting on the COVID-19 blockade opposition movement in Melbourne.

Apology published June 27 and published in Canadian media Rebel news After Yemini filed his proceedings in the Victorian Supreme Court in September 2020 on July 7, accusing Victorian police of imprisonment and imprisonment for impairing his reporting ability as a journalist.

Yemini was arrested during the recording of interviews and events at the “Rockout Rally” held at Albert Park on September 5, 2020.

A conservative commentator was detained again on January 26, 2021 when recording an anti-mandate rally at the CBD in Melbourne. In both cases, Yemini protested the police decision and claimed to be media accredited.

Commentators were also arrested and escorted while reporting on a “payment of rent” protest on January 26, 2020, alleging that they interrupted an Aboriginal speaker’s speech. The protests brought together Aboriginal activists on Australia Day to commemorate the arrival of the British in 1788.

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Protesters will march against the blockade on August 21, 2021 in Melbourne, Australia. (Getty Images)

“As a result of the arrest and subsequent detention,” Victoria police said Yemini “sincerely apologizes for the wounds and embarrassment he suffered” on these occasions.

“Every time, Mr. Yemini was illegally arrested and detained by members of the Victorian police during news coverage of the rebels,” the statement said.

In response, Yemini said what he wanted was “simply sorry not to happen again.”

“I never paid, and I consistently demanded an apology,” he told Rebel News.

“My purpose from the beginning was to allow people to do my job like any other reporter, even if they were threatening me and they didn’t like what I was saying. . “

Court struggle for media access

Yemini, a former Israeli soldier, also sued Victoria Parliament for denying media access to Parliament and controlling the office.

His lawyer, William Houghton QC, argued that it was in the public interest to allow Yemini to enter Congress.

“It seems that his application was rejected because he wasn’t employed by traditional or traditional media,” Houghton told the Supreme Court on December 8, 2021.

“He’s not a member of the mainstream media. If you’re a mainstream journalist and you’re reporting on political news, it seems natural to get media accreditation to the Parliament of Victoria. increase.”

The blockade of COVID-19 in Victoria is considered one of the longest in the world, and in 2020 and 2021, tens of thousands of people struck the streets of Melbourne to oppose restrictions and obligations.

The rally was generally peaceful, but some police responded to the protesters by using pepper spray and firing rubber bullets.

Nina Nguyen


Nina Nguyen is a Sydney-based reporter. She covers Australian news with a focus on social, cultural and identity issues. She is fluent in Vietnamese. Contact her at [email protected].