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NUJ condemns death threat against Belfast journalist

14 September 2015

The NUJ has strongly condemned a death threat issued against an Irish News journalist in Belfast. The threat, received last Friday, is connected to an ongoing murder investigation.

Séamus Dooley, NUJ Irish secretary, said:

"This latest death threat issued against an Irish News journalist is a sinister development. There is a need for independent, fearless journalism in Northern Ireland and, in the current climate we regard the death threat as especially worrying.
"Journalists must be allowed to work in the public interest without intimidation. There is an obligation on those in positions of influence to work to ensure that reporters, photographers and editors are able to operate without risk or threat from any quarter. Journalists in Northern Ireland will not be deterred by such threats.
"Such threats have no place in a democratic society and should be condemned by all public representatives. Hostility towards the media is nothing new in Northern Ireland and NUJ members are well used to dealing with abuse and intimidation. No journalist should be subjected to any form of threat. The chilling nature of this particular threat is of grave concern.
"The Irish News has faced down bullies before.  It is the job of journalists to reveal inconvenient truths. In the face of intimidation from various quarters over many years the Irish News editorial team has fearlessly fulfilled that role and will continue to do so.
"We would like to take this opportunity to remind employers of their obligation to constantly review security arrangements for all  workers. Media organisations have an obligation to provide training and to constantly update health and safety policies."

Anyone with any information should cooperate fully with the PSNI.

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