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On Monday afternoon ( October 30) the EPA chief photographer was asked to remove his pants during a security check at the Prime Minister's Office.  The FPA condemns these needless and humiliating body searches and urges the PMO to train its personnel to treat  fully accredited journalists in a respectful and professional manner. October 30, 2017 

On Monday afternoon ( October 30) the EPA chief photographer was asked to remove his pants during a security check at the Prime Minister's Office.  He had presented both his ID and GPO card and equipment for security. Instead of the usual procedure of going through the electronic security gate as he has done many times in the past, he was told he had to undergo a body search and strip. He refused the strip search and left the premises. The other agency photographers joined him in protest and left. The PMO later called the photographer claiming there had been a "mistake" but by then it was too later for anyone to return to the event.   Unfortunately this is the latest in a long list of similar cases. The FPA condemns these needless and humiliating body searches and urges the PMO to train its personnel to treat  fully accredited journalists in a respectful and professional manner. October 30, 2017 

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