CLIMAT-CHANGEMENT-GB: British press distribution disrupted by Extinction Rebellion
LONDON (Reuters) – The distribution of several British newspapers was halted on Saturday after activists from the environmental association Extinction Rebellion blocked printing plants used by the Times and Sun publishing house, owned by Rupert Murdoch, resulting in prompted the conviction of Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
Extinction Rebellion said nearly 80 people blocked roads leading to two printing plants, Broxbourne in north-east London and Knowsley near Liverpool.
Hertfordshire County Police said they made 42 arrests and Merseyside County Police made 30.
Murdoch-owned Newsprinters also print the Daily Mail, the Daily Telegraph and the Financial Times.
Activists said they took the action to denounce, they say, newspapers’ inability to report on climate change.
The blockages were condemned by Boris Johnson.
“A free press is vital to hold the government and other institutions to account on issues critical to the future of our country, including the fight against climate change,” the prime minister said on Twitter.
“It is totally unacceptable to seek to limit public access to information in this way,” he tweeted.
A Newsprinters spokeswoman said that due to the disruption, the print had to be moved to other sites.
(James Davey, French version Matthieu Protard)