Vietnamese journalists attacked while filming overloaded trucks

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Two reporters (L) receive medical consultation at a hospital in Ho Chi Minh City after being attacked on June 8, 2015. Photo credit: baogiaothong.vn Two reporters (L) receive medical consultation at a hospital in Ho Chi Minh City after being attacked on June 8, 2015. Photo credit: baogiaothong.vn

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Police in Ho Chi Minh are investigating an assault in broad daylight against two journalists who were filming overloaded trucks.
Vinh Phu and Linh Hoang, reporters of Giao Thong (Traffic) newspaper of the Ministry of Transport, were making the video in District 9 on Monday afternoon when a group of five young men attacked them and ran away, local media reported.
They were trying to make an investigative report of trucks carrying heavy loads across a small and weak bridge.
According to a media report, the Tang Long Bridge can only handle vehicles of up to 13 tons, but many trucks, with their loads, weigh more than 30 tons.
The attackers also snatched their camera, which is worth around VND10 million (US$460), according to the reporters.
Phu told Tuoi Tre newspaper the men just walked over and beat them.
“They beat and kicked our heads and bodies and we could not run away, until a local asked them to stop.”
Both of them suffered head injuries. Hoang had to receive three stitches after an attacker hit his head with a rock.
Local police confirmed that the Tang Long Bridge is weak but a large number of heavy trucks still run over it every day.

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