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Extinction Rebellion ‘blockades’ printing presses of major UK newspapers

Extinction Rebellion is blockading several of the UK’s major newspapers in a bid to force them to cover more climate issues.

The protest group has vowed to stay outside the printing presses ‘through the night’.

New Corps printworks in Broxbourne and Knowsley in Liverpool are being blocked by around 80 activists, the group has said.

They are home to titles The Sun, The Times, Sun on Sunday, Sunday Times, as well as The Daily Mail and The London Evening Standard.

XR plans to block the routes out of the printing presses throughout the night in a bid to stop papers from reaching newstands tomorrow.

The campaigners are aiming to stop the papers reaching newstands tomorrow

The group says it is “using disruption to expose the failure of these corporations to accurately report on the climate & ecological emergency, and their consistent manipulation of the truth to suit their own personal and political agendas.”

A spokesperson for the group said: “The right wing media is a barrier to the truth, failing to reflect the scale and urgency of the crisis and hold governments to account.

“Coverage in many of the newspapers printed here is polluting national debate on climate change, immigration policy, the rights and treatment of minority groups, and on dozens of other issues.

The group wants newspaper to cover more climate change issues
The group wants newspaper to cover more climate change issues

“They distract us with hate and maintain their own power and wealth, profiting from our division.

“We can’t move forward until this barrier falls.”

Extinction Rebellion activist, Gully Bujak, 27, said: “You cannot have a functioning democracy with a mainstream media that is ruled by a small, unrepresentative sect of society, who are in bed with politicians and the fossil fuel industry.

XR is targeting printing presses of The Sun and Daily Mail
XR is targeting printing presses of The Sun and Daily Mail

The climate activists are blockading major printing presses
The climate activists are blockading major printing presses

“The climate emergency is an existential threat to humanity.

“Instead of publishing this on the front page every day as it deserves, much of our media ignores the issue and some actively sow seeds of climate denial.

“They thrive off of polarisation and division. They sow hatred in order to distract us, actively profiting from this division.

“To these papers we say this: ‘you will not come between us anymore. For a night we’re going to filter out the lies and take the power back. For a night we’re going to show the world that you are vulnerable, just like us’.”

Not everyone was impressed with the group’s actions.

Cllr Oliver Cooper, leader of the Camden Conservatives, tweeted: “Our free press is the cornerstone of our free society and the core of our democracy.

“Extinction Rebellion is trying to stop democracy. It’s as simple as that.”


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