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Northern Ireland journalist receives death threat from 'criminal elements'

The National Union of Journalists has condemned the threat made against one of its members (stock photo)
The National Union of Journalists has condemned the threat made against one of its members (stock photo)

A journalist working in Northern Ireland has received a death threat from 'criminal elements'.

The National Union of Journalists (NUJ) said the journalist, who is based in Belfast, received a threat to life notice from the PSNI which informed the reporter there was an immediate risk of an attack by criminal elements.

The NUJ said the threat was reported to a meeting of the union's National Executive Council on Friday.

A NUJ spokesperson said: “This is a worrying development and has caused grave concern to the family, colleagues, friends and employer of the members concerned."

The spokesperson added: "Journalists have the right to work without threats being made against them or being physically harmed.

"The jobs they do are pivotal to a democratic society and its citizens’ right to be informed about what is happening in their communities.

"The NUJ has resolutely stood by this principle for decades and defended its members’ right to do their jobs without the threat of intimidation or attack.

"The NEC stands shoulder to shoulder with the member concerned and demands that those behind this threat lift it immediately and do so in a manner that is unequivocal and unconditional.”

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