Extinction Rebellion ‘Stop Selling Lies’ occupation at Telegraph newspaper office

Extinction Rebellion today (Friday) peacefully occupied the offices of the Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph newspapers to protest about their campaign of lies and disinformation aimed at stopping urgent action to tackle the accelerating climate crisis.

Eight XR activists with a giant banner saying ‘Stop Selling Lies’ entered the lobby of Telegraph newspapers HQ in Victoria, London, at 8am, defying security guards and ordering them to leave.

For 40 minutes, they occupied the lobby, handing out 400 leaflets to arriving staff and members of the public that called out a relentless daily campaign by the billionaire-owned Telegraph about the UK’s commitment to reach Net Zero by 2050.

Ed Allnutt, 32, a gardener and one of the XR team, says:

‘‘The Telegraph pretends to be a newspaper. It’s really a propaganda unit for the very rich that promotes a deadly form of Business As Usual that will kill billions of us by making the worst case climate crisis scenarios a reality.

‘Every day it spouts disinformation to convince its influential readers – including many of our political, financial and business leaders – that the climate and ecological emergency is either not real or not serious and easily solved by fantasy technologies.

‘The lies told by these newspapers – alongside other billionaire-owned titles such as The Sun and The Daily Mail – are one of the main reasons why millions aren’t on the streets of the UK demanding government action.

‘We’re here to say to the Telegraph’s editors and journalists that their words are literally helping to kill people all over the world right now and will help kill millions more in the near future. We want to ask them: are you okay with this?’

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