BBC staff must not be intimidated by Tommy Robinson
15 February 2019
Joint unions statement on Tommy Robinson demonstration at Media City, Salford
The National Union of Journalists and BECTU, unions which represent BBC staff at Media City, Salford, roundly condemn Tommy Robinson, real name Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, and his fellow, far-right thugs who intend to intimidate staff at the corporation, particularly those working on Panorama, with a demonstration at Salford Quay on Saturday 23 February. He is the subject of a Panorama investigation and on his Facebook page has videoed a tirade against the corporation. The NUJ and BECTU say BBC staff should be free to do their jobs without these threats. Intimidation, threats and violence carried out by far-right protesters systematically targeting the media, especially photojournalists, are becoming more frequent and we will always call out this behaviour and report criminal activity to the police. We support our members who will be joining the Manchester Trades Council, Stand Up to Racism and other unions in signing a statement condemning Robinson's plans to rally at Media City and his attack on BBC workers, and those who will be taking part or covering the counter demonstration.