Belfast Telegraph

Friday 11 July 2014

UDA 'in death threat to journalist'

A death threat was made to a journalist by the Ulster Defence Association

Loyalist paramilitaries have issued a death threat against a Belfast based-journalist, a union has claimed.

The National Union of Journalists said the warning had been made by the Ulster Defence Association (UDA).

The NUJ said it was not releasing the journalist's name.

The union appealed to politicians and others who may have influence with the UDA to have the threat withdrawn.

NUJ Irish secretary Seamus Dooley said: "This represents the latest threat to this journalist and is part of a sinister campaign which must be condemned.

"A free press is the cornerstone of a democratic society and peace cannot be said to exist when journalists are faced with death threats."

The NUJ insisted journalists would not be intimidated by threats and must be allowed to carry out their work without the threat of violence.

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