BBC Scotland Journalists Suffer Social Media Abuse

BBC Scotland has come out defending it's journalists today following a barrage of abuse on social media and other online sites.

According to the BBC, journlists at the broadcaster covering the General Election campaign have been subjected to abusive and offensive posts on social media. More alarmingly however, the attacks were also directed to journalists by email.

Donalda MacKinnon, BBC Scotland’s Head of Programmes and Services, said that while social media engagement is welcomed by the broadcaster, its journalists are entitled to be treated with respect.

She said: "We welcome social media engagement with our audiences. It was a significant element of last year’s Referendum, and for the General Election we are increasing the ways in which voters can access our coverage online with more shareable content such as video and audio clips.

"But there are times when social media and other online sites have been used to abuse and threaten journalists. This is completely unacceptable and our journalists are entitled to carry out their work without the threat of unwarranted personal attacks online.

"The safety of our staff is of paramount concern to us and we are doing everything in our power to ensure they can carry out their work helping to inform our audiences on this major story without intimidation or abuse."