Death threat to Irish News journalist cowardly, says Sinn Fein's McGuinness
Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness has called for a death threat made against a Belfast journalist to be "immediately withdrawn".
The threat was made on Friday and is connected to an ongoing murder investigation, the Irish News said.
Irish News editor, Noel Doran, said the threat was "deplorable".
He said: "We are taking this development very seriously and the police are fully aware of our concerns.
"A threat against a highly respected colleague is deplorable and all attempts to undermine press freedom must be firmly resisted whenever and wherever they emerge."
Mr McGuinness took to Twitter and slammed the threat as "cowardly and unacceptable".
The Sinn Fein MLA posted: "The reprehensible threat against an Irish News journalist must be immediately withdrawn."
The National Union of Journalists condemned the threat, describing it as "sinister".