Climate protesters take aim at UK papers
The distribution of several British newspapers was disrupted on Saturday after Extinction Rebellion climate change activists blockaded printing presses used by Rupert Murdoch’s News UK, the publisher of The Times and The Sun.
The group said late on Friday that nearly 80 people had blocked roads leading to two printworks, at Broxbourne in Hertfordshire, north east of London, and at Knowsley, near Liverpool.
Hertfordshire police said they had made 42 arrests, while Merseyside police said they had made 21.
The Murdoch-owned Newsprinters’ works also print the Daily Mail, the Daily Telegraph and the Financial Times.
Extinction Rebellion said it took the action to highlight what it regards as the newspapers’ failure to accurately report on climate change.
The protests, which continued on Saturday, were condemned by interior minister Priti Patel.
“This morning people across the country will be prevented from reading their newspaper because of the actions of Extinction Rebellion,” she said on Twitter.