BBC requests Met Police support over growing fears of attacks on its top journalists following MP David Amess’ Morte
Death threats against top journalists have forced the BBC to approach the Metropolitan Police for guidance.
BBC chiefs have taken the threats seriously enough to contact a journalism safety adviser at the Met in order to help journalists take precautions in all aspects of their work.
It is the latest incident amid mounting concerns for journalists’ sicurezza. Reporters have received a barrage of abuse in recent months, Lo riporta il Times.
Nel mese di giugno, Newsnight political editor Nick Watt was hounded by aggressive anti-lockdown campaigners at a rally, who screamed that he was ‘scum’ and a ‘traitor’.
BBC political editor Nick Watt was forced to seek refuge from anti-lockdown campaigners during a rally in June
Mr Watt was forced to retreat to the Downing Street security gate, which is guarded by police.
Joseph Olswang, 38, Alexander Peat, 34, and Martin Hockridge, 57, deny breaching the public order act regarding the incident.
Mr Hockridge was due to stand trial at Westminster Magistrates’ Court yesterday following multiple adjournments. As he failed to turn up, the hearing was again adjourned to March 23 l'anno prossimo.
From June to July, the Government ran a public consultation calling on journalists to give evidence about threats to their safety.
Del 360 responses received, it emerged over four in five reporters had experienced threats, abuse or violence while working in the UK.
A third of these were acts of physical violence, while verbal abuse and online threats each made up the other two thirds.
The death of Sir David Amess outside his constituency surgery in Southend-on-Sea on October 15 has heightened security fears for high-profile public figures, including journalists working at the BBC
The Government’s Call for Evidence report noted: ‘The majority of respondents did not report all incidents to platforms, police and employers, due in part to poor confidence they would be progressed or taken seriously.
‘A key theme raised was the challenges faced by journalists at demonstrations.
'Ad esempio, one reported that: ‘Filming during crowds and demonstrations is getting more and more difficult and less safe. A growing number of protesters and activists now target media and film crews with intimidation and threats of violence.’
‘A larger proportion of female than male respondents – over one in three – indicated that they do not feel safe when operating as a journalist in the UK.
‘A very similar proportion of male and female respondents experienced threats, abuse or violence as a result of their work in the UK. Violence and abuse were more commonly experienced by male respondents and bullying more commonly reported by female respondents.’
The BBC says ‘the safety and security of our journalists around the world and in the UK is paramount’
The death of Sir David Amess outside his constituency surgery in Southend-on-Sea on October 15 has heightened security fears for high-profile public figures, including journalists working at the BBC.
Ali Harbi Ali, 25, who allegedly stabbed Sir David to death, pleaded not guilty to murder during a pre-trial hearing earlier this month.
A BBC spokesman said: ‘The safety and security of our journalists around the world and in the UK is paramount, and we’re constantly looking at ways to ensure we have the right measures in place.
‘It’s completely unacceptable that journalists should ever be threatened or targeted for doing their jobs.’
The Met Police added: ‘Should a member of the public have any concerns over their own safety or welfare, then they should contact their local police who will be able to assess those concerns and offer relevant crime prevention or security advice as appropriate.’