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NUJ condemns threats to INM journalists in Dublin

11 February 2016

The National Union of Journalists has strongly condemned threats against Independent News and Media (INM) journalists.

The threats are believed to be linked to coverage of organised crime.

Seamus Dooley, NUJ Irish Secretary, said:

"We have learned with shock of threats against journalists working with INM. We are gravely concerned at this latest development, which follows the two recent senseless murders in Dublin. Journalists and media organisations will not be intimidated by such threats, which have no place in a democratic society. Our immediate thoughts are with those under threat and their families.
"No journalists should be placed under threat for doing their job. We remind all journalists to remain vigilant and to be mindful of their personal safety. Employers and editorial managers must continue to provide support, training and guidance to staff and freelance journalists covering dangerous situations. INM has told me it is supporting those under threat and is mindful of their obligations."

Michelle Stanistreet, NUJ general secretary, said:

"The union's national executive committee is meeting tomorrow in London and we will be sending be a strong message of support to the journalists. We will also make it clear that intimidation of journalists will not be tolerated."

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