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Government publishes UK’s first national plan to protect journalists from abuse - The Independent

10.03.2021, 11:53

More than half of reporters polled experienced online abuse while nearly a quarter had been physically assaulted or attacked. The government has published the UK’s first national action plan intended to protect journalists from abuse and harassment, as The Independent reported.

Journalists have reported abuse and attacks such as being punched, threatened with knives, forcibly detained and subjected to rape and death threats, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) said

Measures in the plan include training for police officers and journalists, while prosecution services across the UK have reaffirmed their commitment to taking a robust approach towards crimes against reporters.

Every police force will be given access to a designated journalist safety liaison officer, and the National Police Chiefs’ Council has appointed a lead officer to take responsibility for crimes against journalists at a national level.

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