An anti-lockdown protester who has stalked a BBC journalist and called him a traitor has escaped jail.
Joseph Olswang, 39, was part of a group demonstrating against Covid restrictions near Downing Street last June when he ran into Newsnight’s political editor Nicholas Watt.
Footage showed them shouting insults in the face of Mr Watt, who was wearing a BBC lanyard.
He was forced to run through the mob past a line of police officers as people shouted abusively at him.
A court heard Olswang “yelled and yelled” at Mr Watt, calling him a “f***ing c***”.
He pleaded guilty at a previous hearing to using threatening and abusive language to harass Mr Watt.
Olswang was also found guilty of the same offense against Pc Agnes Matvejeva after she called her a “brown shirt Nazi” and “evil scum”.
District Judge Daniel Sternberg called his behavior “disgraceful” and imposed a 20-week prison sentence, suspended for 18 months.
“They were among a group of people who posed as protesters but did little more than harass journalists and police officers – who went about their business – and made their lives really, really uncomfortable,” he said.
“It was clearly part of a series of disorderly events that you and others had a hand in creating at a sensitive time in Whitehall and outside Downing Street.”
Olswang was also banned from Whitehall and Parliament Square for 18 months.
Five others are due to appear in court later this month on charges of the same public order offence.
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https://metro.co.uk/2022/06/08/anti-lockdown-protester-spared-jail-for-abusing-bbc-newsnight-editor-16794548/ Anti-lockdown protester spares jail for abusing BBC Newsnight editor