A regional daily journalist has refused to be cowed after being told she would pay “the ultimate price” for covering a far-right protest.
Six people were arrested during the demonstration, in which protesters wearing yellow hi vis jackets called for “British folk to be put before migrants”.
An image was also captured of a woman appearing to perform a Nazi salute at Saturday’s protest.
In a Twitter post the following day, Susie wrote: “I got into work this morning to be greeted by an email telling me I would ‘soon be paying the ultimate price’ for my live coverage of a far-right protest in Leeds yesterday.
“It’s interesting how the people who demand their right to freedom of speech in these protests are the same people who send threatening, aggressive and expletive emails to journalists because they don’t like the fact the free press have covered them.
“It’s almost as if it’s nothing to do with freedom of speech, but more about a minority’s deep-seated anger that the majority do not share their narrow-minded views.
“Last time I checked, there was nothing in Article 10 of the European Convention of Human Rights (Freedom of Expression) that said ‘look if you’re really jolly angry, it’s okay to hoist white power flags, intimidate members of the public and assault police officers’.”
In November, Susie’s Examiner and Leeds Live colleague Stephanie Finnegan revealed she had been issued with a panic alarm by Reach plc, the titles’ owner, after she received rape and death threats while covering the ‘Tommy Robinson’ contempt of court case earlier in 2018.
Police patrols were also increased in Stephanie’s area after supporters of the far-right leader attempted to find out where she lived.
Susie told HTFP: “It’s interesting that many of these people with far-right views complain of having their ‘free speech’ taken, but will then send malicious and sometimes disturbingly-threatening emails to journalists covering issues like this.
“Journalists are facing hostility more than ever – particularly from the far-right who seem appalled that the ‘mainstream media’ do not support their views.
“Local press has always, and will always, support and reflect the issues and concerns of their communities – so when it comes to protesters flying white nationalist flags, intimidating city centre shoppers on a Saturday afternoon and assaulting police officers, it’s little wonder the local media aren’t cheering them on.”