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31 May 2018

Industry Voices Support For Court Reporter Threatened With Rape On Social Media   

The national and local news media industry has voiced its support for Leeds Live reporter Stephanie Finnegan who was targeted with rape threats and abuse on social media after covering a court case.

Stephanie was targeted on social media after covering the sentencing of Tommy Robinson who was sentenced to 13 months in prison after pleading guilty to contempt of court and breach of a suspended sentence.

After Stephanie was targeted with abuse on social media, Leeds Live published a detailed explanation of its reporting of the case and senior editorial figures took to Twitter to defend Stephanie’s reporting of the case.

Robinson was jailed after streaming on Facebook Live outside Leeds Crown Court where another trial was taking place.