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CIoJ condemns the intimidation of ITN news staff

Press Release
Release date: 24 August 2021

Journalists working for ITN were trapped in their offices on Monday afternoon after a group of anti-lockdown protesters forced their way into the broadcaster’s London headquarters.

And Channel 4’s Jon Snow was personally confronted.

The group who forced entry into the studios at Grays Inn Road in Camden are understood to be part of the mass rally of an anti-vaccination and anti-lockdown protest in central London.

An ITN spokesperson said: “ITN staff including those working in ITV News, Channel 4 News and 5 News, have been advised to either stay in the building or stay away while the situation is being dealt with.

“News organisations have provided a vital source of information during the pandemic. The abuse of journalists because of their reporting on coronavirus is a worrying development which ITN has been closely monitoring and actively ensuring staff are aware of precautions to avoid coming to any harm.

“This action resulted in journalists being prevented from being able to go about their newsgathering activities, something that ITN strongly condemns.”

Images posted on social media by ITN staff showed dozens of people in reception, with police standing between them and security barriers into the main building.

Other police were on the pavement outside to block any more demonstrators forcing their way in.

CIoJ President Professor Tim Crook said: “The intimidation and harassment of professional journalists at ITN & ITV news which took place this week is disturbing and unacceptable. All our professional colleagues there have our sympathy, concern and support.”