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PA photographer shot in Belfast

22 June 2011

A Press Association photographer has been shot in Belfast. NUJ member Niall Carson was shot in the leg while covering the sectarian riots in East Belfast.

The National Union of Journalists has strongly condemned the shooting. Séamus Dooley, NUJ Irish secretary, said it represents an attack on the media in Northern Ireland and was "an extremely worrying development".

"Niall Carson was injured while doing his job. It is vital that journalists should be allowed to carry out their duties without fear of attack from any quarter. This incident is part of a sinister assault on the people of Northern Ireland.
"The riots of the past two days represent a wider attack on the community, who have a right to live in peace. Our thoughts are with all those who have suffered as a result of the riots over the past 48 hours".

Michelle Stanistreet, NUJ general secretary-elect, extended the good wishes of his colleagues across the union to Niall Carson.

"This shooting is a sharp reminder of the dangers faced by media workers in conflict situations. Journalists and their employers must be mindful of the safety implications of covering conflict situations, while there is also a responsibility on the police to ensure that the media are allowed to carry out their duties in the public interest".

Bob Miller, NUJ national executive council member, also condemned the attack, saying journalists throughout Northern Ireland were shocked by the shooting of a colleague.

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