A police car is seen in Belfast, Northern Ireland, on March 26, 2020. CPJ recently joined a statement calling on the region's police and politicians to thoroughly investigate threats made against journalists. (Reuters/Jason Cairnduff)

CPJ joins call condemning threats against journalists in Northern Ireland

May 20, 2020 1:25 PM ET

The Committee to Protect Journalists today joined 20 free expression groups, activist organizations, and journalists in a joint statement condemning recent threats against journalists working for the Sunday Life and Sunday World newspapers in Northern Ireland.

On May 8, Belfast police warned journalists about "imminent” attacks against them from the South East Antrim Ulster Defence Association, a loyalist, or pro-British, paramilitary group, as CPJ documented at the time.

The statement calls on the region’s police force to thoroughly investigate all threats against journalists, and calls on Northern Irish policymakers to commit to protecting members of the press.

The statement can be read in full here.