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Australian journalist injured in S.Philippine city siege

Updated:2017-06-15 15:30:59   XinHua

Philippine media reported on Thursday that an Australian journalist was grazed by a sniper bullet in the neck while reporting in the besieged Philippine southern city of Marawi.

ABS-CBN News reported that Australian Broadcasting Corporation Southeast Asian correspondent Adam Harvey got hit by a bullet while taking footage from inside the Marawi City capitol compound Thursday morning.

Journalists and other aid workers usually converged in the compound "to get a breather" from the coverage because the compound is supposed to be secure, the report said.

"(Harvey) was inside the evacuation area in the compound and he was trying to reach down to get a good shot of some children playing along the road in front of the capitol," the ABS-CBN News Channel said.

Quoting journalists who witnessed the incident, the report said Harvey "was having difficulty stooping down to get a good angle of the children so he decided to take off his bulletproof vest."

The report said Harvey held his neck and found blood in his hand.
The compound sits on an elevated portion of the city and is just across a military camp.

Ernesto Abella, spokesman for President Rodrigo Duterte, said the government has yet to validate reports that a foreign journalist was hit by a stray bullet in Marawi city.

At a press conference on Thursday, Abella appealed to the media, especially the foreign journalists who are and are planning to cover the ongoing conflict there in the southern Philippines, to be more objective in reporting the ongoing fighting in Marawi City.

"First and foremost I think they should be as objective as possible and to see it in the context that this is basically an action of rebellion, and that they see it along that line... that they report along this line and that they are objective and stay out of trouble," Abella said.

Editor: Eric Wang

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