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Extinction Rebellion dumps ‘7 tons’ of manure outside Daily Mail offices

Protesters from environmental group Extinction Rebellion have dumped seven tons of horse manure outside the offices of the Daily Mail newspaper group this morning, while demanding they ‘cut the crap’ in their news reporting.

At 7am today, Sunday, June 27, Extinction Rebellion protesters made a surprise visit to Northcliffe House in Kensington, home to the Daily Mail, Mail on Sunday, The Independent, The i, Evening Standard and Metro offices, with a huge truck full of horse excrement which they proceeded to pile onto the floor outside the main entrance.

Members of Extinction Rebellion also visited the building in Buckingham Palace Road which houses the Daily Telegraph this morning, but were stopped by police before they could dump a further seven tons of manure.

READ MORE:Police arrest 12 people from Extinction Rebellion warehouses in raids across London

A truck full of horse manure ready to be dumped by Extinction Rebellion protesters

At the Daily Mail HQ, they stuck signs in the manure that read ‘CUT THE CRAP’ while holding a banner that read ‘FREE THE PRESS’, kicking off a day of protest demanding an end to ‘media corruption that suppresses truth from the public for profit’.

At midday today, Extinction Rebellion will be joined by anti-racist groups and organisations campaigning for media reform including Black Lives Matter groups and the Media Reform Coalition in a march on Parliament Square.

The march will proceed along the Southbank to the News UK offices on London Bridge Street, home to The Sun, The Times and The Sunday Times.

It is hoped that the protests will “send a message to the four billionaire owners of 68 per cent of the UK’s print media – Rupert Murdoch, Lord Rothermere, Sir Frederik Barclay and Baron Evegeny Lebedev – to ‘cut the bull****!'”

Today’s action comes nine months after Extinction Rebellion blocked the entrance to the Broxbourne print works in Hertfordshire – the largest newspaper printing plant in the world – on September 5, 2020, a move which disrupted newspaper distribution for the day.

Extinction Rebellion says that since that day, much has shifted in the media landscape, with “many of the UK newspapers printed at Broxbourne claiming climate leadership while further contributing to delay and scepticism, and accusing climate activists of being ‘extremist nutters’ or ‘doomers'”.

Manure drop (halted by the police) and banner saying 'Free The Press' outside The Daily Telegraph offices in London. Photography by Gareth Morris
Manure drop being halted by police outside The Daily Telegraph offices in Victoria

“The papers politicise the climate and ecological crisis, encouraging readers to see it as a left wing agenda, discouraging engagement with the crisis and preventing the conversation across the political spectrum about how to meet the challenges,” they said.

Gully Bujak of Extinction Rebellion added: “The need for a truly free press in Britain has never been more evident or urgent than it is today.

Extinction Rebellion dumps '7 tons' of manure outside Daily Mail offices

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“Until the press is free, and those in power truly accountable, we cannot consider ourselves to live in a democracy, and without a functioning democracy, we cannot hope to survive the multiple and devastating crises heading our way.”

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