Climate activists in Great Britain also had to go to court these days. Their interventions, however, were not directed against banks, as in Switzerland, but against newspaper houses. Fifty members of Extinction Rebellion blocked a street in Broxbourne, a town north of London, for hours in September 2020. This prevented them from entering a newspaper printing plant. In particular, the activists targeted press titles that were guilty of corruption and that did not correctly inform about the climate crisis, according to the rebels. The “Sun”, the “Times”, the “Daily Telegraph”, the “Daily Mail” and the “London Evening Standard"are printed at this location.
The judge of St Albans Magistrates ' Court had postponed the trial to await a verdict from the supreme court. At the end of June, the latter revoked the conviction of four protesters who had chained themselves before a weapons fair. They could legitimately have invoked the right to freedom of expression, the supreme court said.
In Broxbourne, the blockade meant that the newspapers could not be delivered. According to the judge at St Albans Magistrates’ Court, the protesters have gone too far. The publishers would have suffered a loss of one million pounds as a result of the action. However, according to the Press magazine, one of the defendants said: “If so, we should have done more.” And: After some newspapers had denied climate change for ten years, an eleven-hour protest was quite appropriate. In particular, the protesters have their eyes on the newspapers of the publisher Rupert Murdoch, which have neglected the climate issue. Another defendant said: if you do not hinder anyone, you will not be noticed.