Reported UDA death threat against Northern Ireland journalist condemned

By agency reporter
April 3, 2018

Amnesty International has condemned a death threat made against a Northern Ireland journalist, reportedly made by loyalist paramilitary group, the Ulster Defence Association (UDA), and called for the threat to be lifted immediately.

The National Union of Journalists (NUJ) has reported the death threat against the Belfast-based journalist.

Patrick Corrigan, Amnesty International’s Northern Ireland Programme Director, said, “Amnesty International condemns this reported death threat against a journalist and calls for the threat to be lifted immediately. Such threats are not merely an attack on one journalist, they are an attack on the freedom of the press in Northern Ireland.

“All over the world, journalists are arrested, threatened and killed for working in the frontline of defending freedom of expression.

“Guaranteeing freedom of expression must be a cornerstone of Northern Ireland as a peaceful and just society.” 

Seamus Dooley, the Irish secretary of the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) told the BBC, "We understand this is a credible threat of violence, confirmed by the PSNI, and are therefore concerned for the safety of the journalist and those close to him." 

"We urge those in positions of influence within the UDA to use their good offices to have the threat withdrawn. The NUJ has offered support and assistance to the journalist under threat and will always support members placed under threat."

Sunday World journalist Martin O’Hagan was shot dead in September 2001 by the loyalist paramilitary group, the Loyalist Volunteer Force.

* Amnesty International https://www.amnesty.org.uk/

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