BBC journalist shouted at and chased by anti-lockdown protesters 1 month ago

BBC journalist shouted at and chased by anti-lockdown protesters

A video of the incident has been condemned as "appalling and distressing".

A video has gone viral which shows senior BBC journalist Nick Watt being shouted at and chased by anti-lockdown protesters in London.

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The clip - recorded near Downing Street on Monday - shows the political editor of BBC Newsnight being swarmed by unmasked protesters shouting "traitor" and "scum" at the journalist.

One protester can be heard saying: "Why have you lied and said that lockdowns are legal?"

Watt, who was wearing a BBC lanyard, can be seen in the video being forced to turn around and run away from the protesters, some of whom chased after him, before passing through a police barrier to safety.

The footage has been condemned on social media, with many journalists and politicians coming to Watt's defence.

UK Home Secretary Priti Patel said: "The video of @BBCNewsnight's Nick Watt being abused by a mob is appalling and distressing. This behaviour is never acceptable.

"The safety of journalists is fundamental to our democracy."

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General Secretary for the National Union of Journalists Michelle Stanistreet called the incident "frightening and outrageous".

She added: "No-one should have to tolerate such abusive behaviour and harassment simply for doing their job."

Metropolitan Police Events, meanwhile, tweeted: "We are aware of a video circulating online from Monday, 14 June in Whitehall during a protest.

"This sort of behaviour is not acceptable and police are investigating the incident. Anyone with information is asked to call 101 or crimestoppers on 0800 555 111."

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You can see the video below.

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