Workers representatives are asking union members to support a cross-community campaign to highlight and resist paramilitary death threats to working journalists in Northern Ireland.
Earlier this month loyalist paramilitaries threatened all journalists working at the Sunday Life and Sunday World newspapers in Belfast. This followed threats against a journalist working for the Irish News, a short while after the first anniversary of the murder of journalist Lyra McKee.
The National Union of Journalists (NUJ) is asking Fórsa members to back the campaign by signing a petition, which has attracted support from across the political divide in Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, and Britain.
The initiative began when the NUJ joined with the publishers of three Belfast-based newspapers to stand up for journalists and press freedom in Northern Ireland. The campaign has since attracted local and global endorsement, involving many prominent individuals and organisations including the Irish Congress of Trade Unions and many journalists and union leaders.
The NUJ’s assistant general secretary Séamus Dooley welcomed the support of Oireachtas members, members of the Northern Ireland legislative assembly, and members of the UK parliament.
"By working with the publishers and our members affected, we have been able to secure the support of a cross-section of society in Northern Ireland. We warmly welcome the strong stand taken by political and community leaders and look forward to a renewed drive to ensure journalists can safely carry out their work on behalf of the public," he said.
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