Newspaper columnist Donnachadh McCarthy supports XR blocking free press

A newspaper columnist who has worked for the BBC has been revealed as one of the activists behind the Extinction Rebellion blockade of a printworks on Friday. 

The blockade prevented the distribution of several national newspapers, leaving hundreds of Britons without their papers on Saturday morning.  

Now, Donnachadh McCarthy, a columnist for the Independent, has been revealed as of one of around 100 XR activists who took part in the protest at a printing plant in Broxbourne, Hertfordshire.

As well as regularly writing for a national newspaper, McCarthy also frequently appears on radio and television, including the BBC's It's Not Easy Being Green and ITV's How Green is Your House?.  

At 9,30am on Saturday he tweeted a photograph of the blockade at Broxbourne, saying: 'Dawn at #ExtinctionRebellion blockade of Murdoch's print works. 9 hours & loads of rebels still locked on. Murdoch + media billionaires must Tell the Truth on climate & ecology crises.' 

McCarthy, who works as an environmental auditor for businesses and is the author of The Prostitute State - How Britain's Democracy Was Bought, has also written for The Sunday Times, The Guardian and Esquire magazine.

Donnachadh McCarthy, a columnist for the Independent, has been revealed as of one of around 100 XR activists who took part in the protest

Donnachadh McCarthy, a columnist for the Independent, has been revealed as of one of around 100 XR activists who took part in the protest

Extinction Rebellion protestors block access of a printing house in Broxbourne, Hertfordshire, leaving some newsagents' shelves empty on Saturday morning

Extinction Rebellion protestors block access of a printing house in Broxbourne, Hertfordshire, leaving some newsagents' shelves empty on Saturday morning

Last week, he appeared at an XR protest near the Houses of Parliament, where he addressed a group of activists.   

He has also taken part in several shutdowns of streets in central London.

In his role as an environmental editor, through his London-based 3 Acorns Eco-audits consultancy, McCarthy advises businesses and organisations on how to improve their environmental practices.

Gully Bujak, a committed Extinction Rebellion activist who works as an actress and model, also took part in the blockade.  

Speaking outside the printing plant on Friday night, she said: 'The climate emergency is an existential threat to humanity. Instead of publishing this on the front page every day as it deserves, much of our media ignores the issue and some actively sow the seeds of climate denial.'

The 27-year-old's previous battle honours include being arrested at a protest last April after sitting in a pink boat blocking the middle of Oxford Circus. On that occasion she said the police were 'polite and considerate' but that, she mused, was only because of her

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