WATCH: Moment journalist smacked across head by masked man during live broadcast
A shocking video showing the moment a journalist was hit across the head while recording a live broadcast has gone viral.
The journalist was covering the protests in Paris last week when a masked man came up behind her and smacked her across the head.
Anna Baranova was reporting for Russia Today while wearing a helmet saying ‘Press’ to protect herself on the crowded and violent street.
She was covering a demonstration organised by the Nuit Deboit movement against proposed labour reforms.
The masked man came from behind the reporter and struck her across the head, knocking her helmet to the side, while she appeared to wince in pain.
A set of hands can then be seen clapping in front of Baranova’s face, as if to applaud the fact that the man assaulted her.
Despite looking shocked, Baranova didn’t let the incident stop her and continued on with the broadcast.
“The crowd was made up of angry youths covering their faces with masks and scarfs, vandals looking for trouble,” she told Russia Today.
“I wasn’t so much hurt as surprised – people actually come up and hit you on the head while you try to do your job. Wow,” she said.