Northern Ireland leaders condemn dissident threats against Belfast journalists

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The North’s First Minister and Deputy First Minister have joined newspaper editors and union leaders in condemning a number of recent threats against journalists in the region.

In an open letter, DUP leader Arlene Foster and Sinn Féin’s deputy leader Michelle O’Neill hit out at paramilitary groups for targeting journalists and called for the freedom of the press to be respected.

The letter was published in the Belfast Telegraph, Irish News and News Letter newspapers yesterday.

In her statement, Arlene Foster noted that previous generations had put their lives on the line to protect free speech, saying this was something that must be defended.

“The recent paramilitary threats targeting journalists and politicians represent an assault upon our society and upon democracy. This cannot be tolerated,” she said.