Six convicted of abusing BBC Newsnight journalist during protest | british news

Five men and a woman who verbally assaulted a BBC journalist during a protest have been convicted of public order violations, according to police.

A court previously heard how members of the group harassed Newsnight political editor Nicholas Watt during the politically charged incident in Whitehall on June 14, 2021.

Crowds had gathered to protest the government in England’s four-week extension of coronavirus restrictions.

Djazia Chaib-Eddour, 44, Christopher Aitken, 62, Martin Hockridge, 58, Alexander Peat, 34, and Gary Purnell, 45, all denied using threatening, insulting or insulting words or behavior with the intent to intimidate, alarm or fear. to use.

They stood trial in Westminster Magistrates Court from June 29 to July 1, while Joseph Olswang, 40, pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing.

But all six cases were convicted on August 1, and all six will be sentenced on August 30, according to the Metropolitan Police.

DC James Harold, the officer in the case, said: “A video of this incident caused an enormous amount of online comment and public concern. The behavior of these people was unacceptable.

“Members of the public, of any profession, have the right to go about their day without being subjected to verbal harassment or actions that put them in fear for their safety.”

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