Christopher Whiteside MBE is Conservative County Councillor for the Egremont North and St Bees Division of Cumbria County Council. The division includes St Bees, Bigrigg, Wood End, Moor Row, part of the Mirehouse area of Whitehaven, and surrounding countryside.
He is also Chairman of the North-West region of the voluntary wing of the Conservative party.
Chris lives and works in Copeland with his wife and family.
Abuse and attacks on journalists – both physically and online – are not only horrendous for those individuals but an assault on our democracy, and cannot continue.
The new action plan will increase awareness of the safety challenges faced by journalists operating in the UK and introduce measures to tackle them. Measures include new training for police officers as well as aspiring and existing journalists, and commitments from social media platforms and prosecution services to take tough action against abusers.
Freedom of speech and a free press are at the very core of our democracy, and journalists must be able to go about their work without being threatened.