Death threat to journalist on O'Hagan killing anniversary

The editor of Belfast-based weekly the Andersonstown News has been issued with a death threat along with five members of Sinn Fein.

The threat, accompanied by bullets , bearing the name, address and car registration number of Robin Livingstone was sent to the offices of UTV.

The threat claims to be from the Red Hand Defenders – a Loyalist group. The Andersonstown News covers a mainly Nationalist patch.

NUJ general secretary Jeremy Dear said: ‘We condemn utterly such threats. It is vital the PSNI act to protect those under threat and that politicians from all parties deliver a clear message in defence of media freedom and the right of journalists to work free from such threats.

‘News organisations themselves must not only condemn these threats but show their commitment to speaking out against these outrageous attempts to silence and censor Northern Ireland’s media”.

Today is the sixth anniversary of the murder of Sunday World journalist Martin O’Hagan, killed by Loyalist paramiliitaries because of his work exposing their gangster activities.

His killers have yet to be charged – despite the fact that their suspected names are known by O’Hagan’s colleagues.

Friends and family of O’Hagan have expressed their hope that a new Northern Ireland police unit set up to investigate unsolved paramilitary murders will finally bring his killers to justice.

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