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Journalist Patricia Devlin on working in Northern Ireland: ‘I feel vulnerable and I feel threatened’

Over the past two years, crime and paramilitary and sectarian attacks have risen in Northern Ireland, fueled by economic stagnation, a power vacuum in the regional government, and the fallout from Brexit, according to news reports. In this climate, journalists are also increasingly at risk: freelance reporter Lyra McKee was killed in April 2019, and…

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A police car is seen in Belfast, Northern Ireland, on March 26, 2020. Police in Belfast recently warned several journalists of ‘imminent’ attacks against them. (Reuters/Jason Cairnduff)

Police in Northern Ireland warn journalists of ‘imminent’ attacks by loyalist paramilitary group

Berlin, May 12, 2020 — Authorities in Northern Ireland must quickly and thoroughly investigate threats made against journalists covering paramilitary activity and ensure their safety, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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