The Sunday press today is full of self-serving reportage of how environmental campaign group Extinction Rebellion ( with whom I have my differences as they perversely suggest nuclear power can assist in combatting catastrophic climate change) blocked the printing presses for the News Corp papers ( The Sun and The Times) owned by owned by foreign billionaire Rupert Murdoch and some other government supporting papers (Daily Mail & Daily Telegraph). Home Secretry Priti ‘Permasmirk’ Patel weighed in condemning XR, was reported at being “furious” that free speech had been disrupted, and even hinted that XR could be prosecuted a under “subversion” legislation and Prime Minister Boris Johnson pledged to protect freedom of the press. All this Government hypocritical hot air was exposed by another news story that was only reported in an on-line news outlet, The Independent newspaper, that revealed in an incredibly important story that ministers have blacklisted an investigative news collective, called Declassified UK, that specializes in stories on abuses of power by the UK state. The irony is as rich you could get!
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Extinction Rebellion has described government moves to treat the climate crisis protest movement as an organised crime group as “ridiculous”. The group said associating it with the state’s definition of a crime gang as “characterised by violence or the threat of violence and by the use of bribery and corruption” was an insult to the thousands of ordinary citizens who supported its cause. On Sunday the Labour leader, Keir Starmer, condemned an Extinction Rebellion protest that disrupted the distribution of national newspapers. Starmer said: “The free press is the cornerstone of democracy and we must do all we can to protect it. Denying people the chance to read what they choose is wrong and does nothing to tackle climate change.”
Guardian 6th Sept 2020 read more »
Extinction Rebellion activists need to think “very carefully” about future actions to make sure they don’t undermine the climate change cause by alienating the public, the head of The Wildlife Trusts warns. XR protesters used trucks and bamboo scaffolds to block roads outside the printing presses of a number of national newspapers on Friday night, arguing that some sections of the media weren’t giving climate change anything like the attention it deserves. This meant that some papers were missing from newsagent shelves on Saturday. The blockade has been widely criticised by politicians across the board as a completely unacceptable attack on press freedom.
iNews 6th Sept 2020 read more »