Back in Belgium, he describes how he had tried to contact the family of Chakib Akrouh. He explains that he wanted to talk to the family "in order to better understand his personality and what was in his mind when he made the attacks".
On arriving at the family home, Martin says he had a brief conversation through the entryphone, but only received insults. Then Akrouh's brother came out of the house, knocked Martin to the ground and started beating him up before the France 3 camera operator came to his rescue.
The Association of Professional Journalists (AJP) has condemned the violence.
In a press release they say: "The violence used by the aggressors to prevent the journalists from doing their jobs must be condemned without reservation. The AJP supports the journalists in their civil action, complaining that they were beaten and injured."
„The AJP insists that there should not be any ‚no go zones’ where journalists are not allowed access. In reporting on terrorism - as on any other theme - journalists are not ‚the enemy’ but they strive, often in difficult working conditions, to explain the facts and to provide complete information to the public.“
In a statement on their website, the managers of RTL Belgium confirm that - in spite of the difficulties - they are continuing their editorial mission.