Climate Protesters Smash Windows at Rupert Murdoch’s UK Headquarters

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Extinction Rebellion accuses his news properties of downplaying the climate crisis.

This story was originally published by the Guardian and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.

Extinction Rebellion protesters have smashed windows at the London headquarters of Rupert Murdoch’s media company, in protest at his outlets’ coverage of the climate crisis.

Activists targeted the News UK building next to London Bridge station early on Tuesday morning, destroying glass panels and putting up posters reading “tell the truth” and “40 degrees = death” next to the entrance used by journalists at the Sun and the Times.

Extinction Rebellion said it was taking nonviolent action to highlight the way that the record-breaking heat in the UK was being treated as an upbeat story in parts of the media. A spokesperson said: “Instead of warning readers of the increased risks from such heatwaves as the climate crisis intensifies, the Sun chose to cover their front pages in images of women in bikinis, beachgoers and happy toddlers with ice-creams.”

They also criticized Monday’s front-page headline in the Daily Express, owned by rival newspaper publisher Reach. It featured the words, “It’s not the end of the world! Just stay cool and carry on …” over a picture of the union flag.

Extinction Rebellion protesters have previously held protest marches outside the News UK building. In 2020, they also successfully blocked printing presses used by Murdoch’s News UK and other newspaper groups, disrupting distribution of titles such as the Times and the Sun.

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