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Sunday World Northern Editor attacked in Belfast

26 November 2009

The Northern Editor of the Sunday World has been attacked in Belfast. Jim McDowell has told of how he was beaten to the ground and kicked about the head on Wednesday in an assault that occurred in the middle of the busy Continental Market.

The NUJ has strongly condemned the incident in which four men attacked the journalist.

The assault happened less than a fortnight after supporters of four Loyalists accused of murdering Sunday World journalist Martin O'Hagan smashed up Jim McDowell's car. On that occasion, the vandalism happened while Jim McDowell was inside Craigavon Court House attending a bail hearing for the men facing charges connected to the O'Hagan murder.

Séamus Dooley, Irish Secretary, said the attack represented an assault on a brave journalist who has always stood up against thuggery from whatever quarter:

"Jim McDowell is a brave editor of exceptional courage and he has never been afraid to take a strong stand. Neither Jim McDowell nor the staff of the Sunday World will be intimidated by this type of behaviour – from whatever quarter it has come."

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