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NUJ condemns Belfast death threat

19 August 2012

The National Union of Journalists has condemned a Loyalist death threat issued against a Belfast-based journalist.

Séamus Dooley, Irish Secretary, confirmed that the PSNI is taking the threat seriously.

The NUJ has appealed to politicians and others who may have influence with the UDA to have the threat withdrawn.

The name of the NUJ member is not being released at this time.

Séamus Dooley added:

"This represents the latest threat to this journalist and is part of a sinister campaign, which must be condemned. A free press is the cornerstone of a democratic society and peace cannot be said to exist when journalists are faced with death threats."

Michelle Stanistreet, NUJ General Secretary, said journalists would not be intimidated by such threats and must be allowed to carry out their work without the threat of violence from any quarter.

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