Thursday, July 01, 2010

Two journalists win out of court settlement after police refuse to let them report a protest

Two journalists have won an out-of-court settlement after the Metropolitan police admitted failing to respect the freedom of the press when officers prevented them covering a protest.

One of the journalists, film-maker Jason Parkinson, almost had his half-smoked cigarette swiped from his mouth and was called "scum" by an armed diplomatic officer during the incident at the Greek embassy in London. He was awarded £3500.

Watch footage of the incident in this video

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