Man charged with yelling FHRITP obscenity at NTV journalist

Being a loser may not be criminal, but causing a disturbance is, the RNC tweeted.

St. John's man, 27, charged with causing a disturbance for yelling at reporter during interview

NTV journalist Heather Gillis snapped this photo of the truck from which the driver yelled obscenities at her. (Heather Gillis/Twitter)

A St. John's man alleged to have yelled an obscenity at a reporter in St. John's on Monday has been charged.

NTV reporter Heather Gillis tweeted a photo of a pickup Monday afternoon, saying the driver had yelled "f—k her right in the p---y," or FHRITP, at her while she was recording an interview.

Heather Gillis is a reporter at NTV News in St. John's. (Aamie Gillam Photography)

"I'm fed up. I'm tired of it," Gillis told The Canadian Press on Tuesday. "No one should have to endure that while they're working. I'm a professional and I was humiliated interviewing a politician. It's time for it to stop."

I'm standing up for myself and the other women who work in this business.- Heather Gillis, reporter

"We feel that this does send a message to people that this type of behaviour will not be tolerated," said RNC media relations officer Geoff Higdon, who explained why the charge was laid.

Higdon said female journalists in St. John's tell him "FHRITP" continues to be an issue and can happen any time they're working in public.

"This isn't something that in 2017 we should have to remind people, that it's inappropriate to yell inappropriate things at people while they're conducting their work, or what ever the case is," Higdon said.

Inappropriate and illegal

Higdon said under the "causing a disturbance" section of the Criminal Code, yelling obscene language in public is breaking the law.

"It's pretty straightforward … It's alleged this individual had yelled something very offensive and very obscene at this journalist".

​The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary responded to Gillis on Twitter, saying it would be investigating the incident.

"Being a loser may not be criminal, but causing a disturbance, s175 of the Criminal Code, is," the RNC tweeted.

Gillis said it's the third time she's been targeted with the expression since she began working at NTV in December 2011. She said she publicized this incident because every one of her female colleagues in St. John's has experienced the same thing.

"[I'm] glad that I'm standing up for myself and the other women who work in this business," she said.

"Hopefully this will set an example that this kind of behaviour needs to stop."

Police speak on man charged for yelling FHRITP obscenity at NTV reporter

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RNC Const. Geoff Higdon says there was grounds for a charge to be laid after an obscenity was allegedly yelled at a journalist in St. John's

Higdon said police had a witness to corroborate what happened, the reporter had a photo of the truck and licence plate and on Monday night, a charge was laid against a 27-year-old man.

He is scheduled to appear in provincial court June 1.​

With files from The Canadian Press