BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg says trolls are trying to silence her - but it won’t work
The BBC’s political editor has hit out at online trolls who try to silence, insisting they will never win.
Laura Kuenssberg has been subjected to threats and abuse from people on Twitter who are angry at her for simply reporting the news.
The abuse was taken so seriously that Ms Kuenssberg was given a bodyguard while covering the Labour Party conference.
Some Jeremy Corbyn supporters on social media believe Ms Kuenssberg is biased against the Labour leader, accusing her of being a Tory.
However, the political editor was also supplied with a bodyguard at the Tory party conference last month – although it is claimed this was so the BBC could maintain political balance.
Speaking about the abuse and threats she is subjected to, Ms Kuenssberg told guests at a Jewish Care business lunch in London: “I didn’t aspire to have the finger pointed at me. What they are trying to do is silence me.”
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She added: “No matter how unpleasant and personal it might be, it is not as bad as what other journalists face around the world in much more difficult circumstances.”
Ms Kuenssberg has been tough with both Jeremy Corbyn and Theresa May during interviews but she insisted both were amiable once the cameras were turned off.
She said: ‘The camera is not always fair. Corbyn says what he thinks much of the time and is always one step away from tying what he is saying into his world view.
“May is much warmer in private and relaxed.”
Ms Kuenssberg came under fire yet again this week when she reported on Labour activist Bex Bailey’s revelation that she had been raped at a Labour event when she was 19.
After posting the quotes on Twitter, trolls targeted Ms Kuenssberg, accusing her of “shocking bias” for reporting on the Labour story instead of a list of Tory MPs accused of sexual harassment.