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NUJ demands lifting of death threat to Belfast journalist

18 January 2019

The NUJ has strongly condemned a death threat to a journalist working in Northern Ireland.

The threat was reported to a meeting of the union’s national executive council (NEC) today.

An NUJ spokesperson said:

"This is a worrying development and has caused grave concern to the family, colleagues, friends and employer of the member concerned."

The NEC unanimously agreed the following motion:

The National Executive Council of the National Union of Journalists in the UK and Ireland notes with alarm the threat to a member of Belfast and district NUJ branch.

The member has received a threat to life notice from the PSNI. The notice informed the journalist that there was immediate risk of an attack by criminal elements.
The member is being supported by their employer and the union.
The NEC vehemently condemns the threat made against our member and resolves the union will support them in whatever way it can.
Journalists have the right to work without threats being made against them or being physically harmed. The jobs they do are pivotal to a democratic society and its citizens’ right to be informed about what is happening in their communities.
The NUJ has resolutely stood by this principle for decades and defended its members’ right to do their jobs without the threat of intimidation or attack.
The NEC stands shoulder to shoulder with the member concerned and demands that those behind this threat lift it immediately and do so in a manner that is unequivocal and unconditional. 

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