25 Jun 2020 Lvl. 1
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Alert created on: 11 May 2020 n° 52/2020 United Kingdom

Loyalist Threats against Journalists in Northern Ireland

Source of threatUnknown
CategoryHarassment and intimidation of journalists
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The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) has warned that threats from Loyalist paramilitaries have been made to an undisclosed number of journalists at the Belfast editorial offices of the Sunday Life and Sunday World newspapers. They include threats of imminent physical attacks and planned car bomb attacks. Both newspapers are owned by Independent News and Media (INM). The warnings came in the early hours of 8 May 2020. The PSNI is taking the threat seriously and officers have been in contact with the journalists concerned. It is understood the threats emanate from a breakaway Loyalist group, the South East Antrim Ulster Defence Association (UDA). The PSNI has confirmed they are “in receipt” of information that indicates a planned and co-ordinated campaign of intimidation.

The National Union of Journalists of Great Britain and Ireland has condemned the threats as "a vile attempt at intimidation".
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11 May 2020
OSCE Media Freedom Representative condemns serious threats against journalists in Northern Ireland
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