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A Current Affair crew is fined and ordered into isolation by police after not wearing masks during a news investigation into a pastor whose congregation was also fined for not wearing face masks










A Current Affair news crew has been fined $500 each and forced into isolation by police after violating public health regulations for not wearing masks.

The incident took place while ACA crime editor Simon Bouda was conducting an investigation and attempted to interview Christ Embassy Sydney pastor Marvin Osaghae, according to a report by the ABC. watching media on Monday.

Osaghae church was heavily fined after its congregation met illegally last month and did not wear face masks.

Trouble with the law: An A Current Affair news crew has been fined $500 each and forced into isolation by police after violating public health regulations for not wearing masks. Pictured, ACA crime editor Simon Bouda

A spokesman for the NSW Police later confirmed that the nine news crew involved in the incident were fined and subsequently placed in isolation.

“On Tuesday, August 24, 2021, officers from Mt Druitt Police Area Command were informed that a television news crew had violated the Public Health Order,” a police spokesman said in a statement.

The three men, 48, 58 and 60, turned themselves in to police after they were immediately determined to have violated warrants by not wearing masks when they tried to find a man outside a house in Bidwill at 6 a.m. that day. to interrogate.

Violation Sentence: The incident took place while ACA crime editor Simon Bouda was conducting an investigation and attempted to interview Christ Embassy Sydney pastor Marvin Osaghae, according to a report by the ABC's Media Watch on Monday

Violation Sentence: The incident took place while ACA crime editor Simon Bouda was conducting an investigation and attempted to interview Christ Embassy Sydney pastor Marvin Osaghae, according to a report by the ABC’s Media Watch on Monday

Turning themselves in: It was later revealed by Media Watch presenter Paul Barry (pictured in Sydney in June 2019) that the crew had actually 'pushed in' as the Nine Network 'wanted to do the right thing'

Turning themselves in: It was later revealed by Media Watch presenter Paul Barry (pictured in Sydney in June 2019) that the crew had actually ‘pushed in’ as the Nine Network ‘wanted to do the right thing’

“The men were fined $500 each for not following an instruction to wear a mask.”

It was later revealed by Media Watch host Paul Barry that the crew “dunk themselves in” because the Nine Network “wanted to do the right thing.”

He added that the irony of the whole event was that the news crew was caught violating a public health order while trying to investigate a public health order violation.

“On Tuesday, August 24, 2021, officers from Mt Druitt Police Area Command were informed that a television news crew had violated the Public Health Order,” a police spokesman said in a statement. Pictured, Simon Bouda

‘Oops. Yes, while filming a report about violating public health regulations, Nine’s crew violated a public health order. Shameful,” Media Watch reported.

Darren Wick, Nine’s Director of News and Current Affairs, told Daily Mail Australia: “We had a crew lately who accidentally conducted an interview while not wearing masks.

“They had no intention of violating the health regulations, but when they realized they had violated them, they immediately wanted to do the right thing, which was to report it and face the consequences. We are no different from the public.

“They were not suspended, they were in isolation at home and were tested on Days 1, 5, 12 and 14 according to Nine’s safe COVID plan and health department protocols.

“They are now back to work after going through the 14 days of isolation.”

'Oops.  Yes, while filming a report about violating public health regulations, Nine's crew violated a public health order.  Shameful,

‘Oops. Yes, while filming a report about violating public health regulations, Nine’s crew violated a public health order. Shameful,” Media Watch reported. Pictured, the Christ Embassy Church in Sydney

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