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A Northern Ireland police officer puts a bandage on a press photographer's leg after he was shot by a rioter in East Belfast

A Northern Ireland police officer puts a bandage on a press photographer's leg after he was shot by a rioter in East Belfast

Peter Morrison

Niall Carson  who was shot in the leg during the second night of Belfast rioting.

Niall Carson who was shot in the leg during the second night of Belfast rioting.

Mark Pearce

Niall Carson  who was shot in the leg during the second night of Belfast rioting.

Niall Carson who was shot in the leg during the second night of Belfast rioting.

Mark Pearce

Loyalist rioters throw petrol bombs towards the mainly Catholic Short Strand area of East Belfast, Northern Ireland, Tuesday, June, 21, 2011.  Northern Ireland police faced a second night of attacks from rioters in east Belfast Tuesday, where sectarian rioting saw two people shot and homes attacked with gasoline bombs the previous night.   (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)

Loyalist rioters throw petrol bombs towards the mainly Catholic Short Strand area of East Belfast, Northern Ireland, Tuesday, June, 21, 2011. Northern Ireland police faced a second night of attacks from rioters in east Belfast Tuesday, where sectarian rioting saw two people shot and homes attacked with gasoline bombs the previous night. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)

Peter Morrison

Northern Ireland police officers patrol in East Belfast, Northern Ireland, Wednesday, June 22, 2011. Rioting began for the second night between Catholic and Protestant gangs. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)

Northern Ireland police officers patrol in East Belfast, Northern Ireland, Wednesday, June 22, 2011. Rioting began for the second night between Catholic and Protestant gangs. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)

Peter Morrison

Loyalist rioters attack police in east Belfast last night

Loyalist rioters attack police in east Belfast last night

Peter Morrison

Loyalist rioters attack police in east Belfast last night

Loyalist rioters attack police in east Belfast last night

Peter Morrison

Loyalist rioters attack police in east Belfast last night

Loyalist rioters attack police in east Belfast last night

Peter Morrison

PSNI officers in east Belfast last night

PSNI officers in east Belfast last night

Peter Morrison

A PSNI officer puts a bandage on a press photographer's leg after he was shot by a rioter

A PSNI officer puts a bandage on a press photographer's leg after he was shot by a rioter

Peter Morrison

Loyalist rioters attack police in east Belfast last night

Loyalist rioters attack police in east Belfast last night

Peter Morrison

Loyalist rioters attack Police vehicle in East Belfast, Northern Ireland, Tuesday, June, 21, 2011.    Northern Ireland police faced a second night of attacks from rioters in east Belfast Tuesday, where sectarian rioting saw two people shot and homes attacked with gasoline bombs the previous night.   (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)

Loyalist rioters attack Police vehicle in East Belfast, Northern Ireland, Tuesday, June, 21, 2011. Northern Ireland police faced a second night of attacks from rioters in east Belfast Tuesday, where sectarian rioting saw two people shot and homes attacked with gasoline bombs the previous night. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)

Peter Morrison

Loyalist rioters attack police in East Belfast, Northern Ireland, Wednesday, June, 22, 2011. Rioting began for the second night between Catholic and Protestant gangs. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)

Loyalist rioters attack police in East Belfast, Northern Ireland, Wednesday, June, 22, 2011. Rioting began for the second night between Catholic and Protestant gangs. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)

Peter Morrison

Loyalist rioter  throws a firework towards the mainly Catholic Short Strand area of East Belfast, Northern Ireland, Tuesday, June, 21, 2011

Loyalist rioter throws a firework towards the mainly Catholic Short Strand area of East Belfast, Northern Ireland, Tuesday, June, 21, 2011

Peter Morrison

Loyalist rioters attack police vehicles in east Belfast last night

Loyalist rioters attack police vehicles in east Belfast last night

Peter Morrison

Loyalist rioters throw petrol bombs towards the mainly Catholic Short Strand area of east Belfast, Northern Ireland, Tuesday, June, 21, 2011

Loyalist rioters throw petrol bombs towards the mainly Catholic Short Strand area of east Belfast, Northern Ireland, Tuesday, June, 21, 2011

Peter Morrison

Lower Newtownards Road resident Anne-Marie Shanks pictured at the front of her, which faces the Short Strand, beside windows which were smashed during the trouble.

Lower Newtownards Road resident Anne-Marie Shanks pictured at the front of her, which faces the Short Strand, beside windows which were smashed during the trouble.

Clear up after overnight trouble in east Belfast.

Clear up after overnight trouble in east Belfast.

Clear up after overnight trouble in east Belfast.

Clear up after overnight trouble in east Belfast.

Homes in east Belfast's Short Strand area have been attacked by a large groups of rioters

Homes in east Belfast's Short Strand area have been attacked by a large groups of rioters

Homes in east Belfast's Short Strand area have been attacked by a large groups of rioters

Homes in east Belfast's Short Strand area have been attacked by a large groups of rioters

Homes in east Belfast's Short Strand area have been attacked by a large groups of rioters

Homes in east Belfast's Short Strand area have been attacked by a large groups of rioters

Homes in east Belfast's Short Strand area have been attacked by a large groups of rioters

Homes in east Belfast's Short Strand area have been attacked by a large groups of rioters

Homes in east Belfast's Short Strand area have been attacked by a large groups of rioters

Homes in east Belfast's Short Strand area have been attacked by a large groups of rioters

The annual Tour of the North Orange Order parade, Belfast, June 2011

The annual Tour of the North Orange Order parade, Belfast, June 2011

The annual Tour of the North Orange Order parade, Belfast, June 2011

The annual Tour of the North Orange Order parade, Belfast, June 2011

The annual Tour of the North Orange Order parade, Belfast, June 2011

The annual Tour of the North Orange Order parade, Belfast, June 2011

The annual Tour of the North Orange Order parade, Belfast, June 2011

The annual Tour of the North Orange Order parade, Belfast, June 2011

The annual Tour of the North Orange Order parade, Belfast, June 2011

The annual Tour of the North Orange Order parade, Belfast, June 2011

The annual Tour of the North Orange Order parade, Belfast, June 2011

The annual Tour of the North Orange Order parade, Belfast, June 2011

The annual Tour of the North Orange Order parade, Belfast, June 2011

The annual Tour of the North Orange Order parade, Belfast, June 2011

The annual Tour of the North Orange Order parade, Belfast, June 2011

The annual Tour of the North Orange Order parade, Belfast, June 2011

The annual Tour of the North Orange Order parade, Belfast, June 2011

The annual Tour of the North Orange Order parade, Belfast, June 2011

The annual Tour of the North Orange Order parade, Belfast, June 2011

The annual Tour of the North Orange Order parade, Belfast, June 2011

The annual Tour of the North Orange Order parade, Belfast, June 2011

The annual Tour of the North Orange Order parade, Belfast, June 2011

The annual Tour of the North Orange Order parade, Belfast, June 2011

The annual Tour of the North Orange Order parade, Belfast, June 2011

The annual Tour of the North Orange Order parade, Belfast, June 2011

The annual Tour of the North Orange Order parade, Belfast, June 2011

The annual Tour of the North Orange Order parade, Belfast, June 2011

The annual Tour of the North Orange Order parade, Belfast, June 2011

The annual Tour of the North Orange Order parade, Belfast, June 2011

The annual Tour of the North Orange Order parade, Belfast, June 2011

The annual Tour of the North Orange Order parade, Belfast, June 2011

The annual Tour of the North Orange Order parade, Belfast, June 2011

The annual Tour of the North Orange Order parade, Belfast, June 2011

The annual Tour of the North Orange Order parade, Belfast, June 2011

The annual Tour of the North Orange Order parade, Belfast, June 2011

The annual Tour of the North Orange Order parade, Belfast, June 2011

The annual Tour of the North Orange Order parade, Belfast, June 2011

The annual Tour of the North Orange Order parade, Belfast, June 2011

The annual Tour of the North Orange Order parade, Belfast, June 2011

The annual Tour of the North Orange Order parade, Belfast, June 2011

The annual Tour of the North Orange Order parade, Belfast, June 2011

The annual Tour of the North Orange Order parade, Belfast, June 2011

The annual Tour of the North Orange Order parade, Belfast, June 2011

The annual Tour of the North Orange Order parade, Belfast, June 2011

The annual Tour of the North Orange Order parade, Belfast, June 2011

The annual Tour of the North Orange Order parade, Belfast, June 2011

The annual Tour of the North Orange Order parade, Belfast, June 2011

The annual Tour of the North Orange Order parade, Belfast, June 2011

The annual Tour of the North Orange Order parade, Belfast, June 2011

The annual Tour of the North Orange Order parade, Belfast, June 2011

The annual Tour of the North Orange Order parade, Belfast, June 2011

The annual Tour of the North Orange Order parade, Belfast, June 2011

A Northern Ireland police officer puts a bandage on a press photographer's leg after he was shot by a rioter in East Belfast

A Northern Ireland police officer puts a bandage on a press photographer's leg after he was shot by a rioter in East Belfast

Peter Morrison

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A Northern Ireland police officer puts a bandage on a press photographer's leg after he was shot by a rioter in East Belfast

The National Union of Journalists (NUJ) has hit out against the shooting of a press photographer, claiming journalists should be allowed to work free from intimidation.

Niall Carson, who works for the Press Association, was in a stable condition in the Royal Victoria Hospital last night after being shot during rioting in east Belfast on Tuesday.

The award-winning photographer described the situation as “mayhem” on Facebook.

“I thought I had been shot with a plastic bullet, then came the feeling of cold blood running down my leg. However, there was no pain until I got to the hospital,” he said.

Fellow photographer Peter Muhly said he saw a pistol being aimed over a wall and a person taking aim before firing.

NUJ Irish Secretary Seamus Dooley said the shooting represented an attack on the media in Northern Ireland and was “extremely worrying”.

“This photographer was injured doing his job,” he said.

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“It is vital journalists be allowed to carry out their duties without fear of attack. This incident is part of an assault on the people of Northern Ireland. The riots represent an attack on the community, who have a right to live in peace. Our thoughts are with those who have suffered in the past 48 hours.”


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