18 May 2020 Lvl. 1
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Alert created on: 09 Apr 2020 n° 39/2020 United Kingdom

Suspected Plot to Attack an "Irish News" Journalist

Source of threatNon-state
CategoryHarassment and intimidation of journalists
Partner Index EFJ/IFJ
Partner Index EFJ/IFJ
On 8 April 2020, it was reported that officers from the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) had contacted a Northern Ireland journalist who works for "The Irish News" to inform them of a suspected plot to physically attack them in their own home.

The editor of "The Irish News" condemned the attempt to intimidate the journalist and said he was satisfied that it is being treated very seriously by police. He said that "The Irish News" staff would not be deterred from carrying out their journalistic duties.

This is the second recorded incident that threatens the safety of Northern Ireland journalists this year, following attempts to intimidate Leona O'Neill in February.
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