News cameraman physically assaulted after filming Mini Cooper stuck in Kemang flood

Photo: Video screengrab.
Photo: Video screengrab.

They say there’s an inversely proportional relationship between how flashy a man’s car is and his… manhood, and perhaps there’s evidence to support that theory in this story.

Just past midnight today, Haritz Ardiansyah, a cameraman for the Indonesian TV station NET TV, was taking b-roll footage of flooding in the upscale neighborhood of Kemang in South Jakarta. Out of nowhere, he became the victim of physical assault, allegedly perpetrated by the owner of a Mini Cooper who didn’t appreciate Haritz filming it broken down in the midst of the flood.

“When he (Haritz) was filming the broken down Mini Cooper, suddenly this man, who was standing near the car, came up to Haritz and punched him in the face. He also spat on Haritz, saying he did not appreciate being filmed,” said NET TV editor-in-chief Dede Apriadi, as quoted by Merdeka.

Haritz did not retaliate and told the attacker that he would delete all footage of the man and his Mini. Unsatisfied, the attacker broke the display off of Haritz’s camera and smashed NET TV’s car, leaving some dents.

Haritz Ardiansyah 发布于 2017年4月11日

The attacker’s friends then tried to calm him down, and they all fled the scene before Haritz could report the incident to the police. The case is still under investigation.

If caught, the unidentified assailant could not only potentially face criminal charges for battery, but also for attacking an on duty journalist, an act that is in violation of the country’s Press Protection Laws and is punishable by up to 2 years in prison.

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