Two Independent News & Media reporters covering the gangland attacks in Dublin have been told to leave their homes
Two journalists who were involved in the coverage of recent gangland violence in Dublin have been told to leave their homes by gardaí following warnings that they may be at risk from armed criminals.
The two reporters work for the Independent News & Media (INM) group and have been part of a team of journalists covering the deaths of David Byrne and Eddie Hutch.
Its been almost 20 years since Sunday Independent journalist Veronica Guerin was shot after similar threats. She was shot dead on the Naas Road on the Lucan dual carriage way in Dublin in 1996.
Garda sources said that living in ‘undisclosed locations’ would be best at the present time. It is understood that both journalists have acted on this suggestion.
INM said it had decided to make the threats public after consulting the journalists and confirming the Garda had formally notified the reporters of a possible risk to their safety.
The group’s editor-in-chief, Stephen Rae, said the threats were outrageous, adding that they were already working with the Garda to strengthen security around the reporters.
Taoiseach Enda Kenny said he “deplored and condemned” any threat to journalism, describing freedom of the press as “one of the pillars of a functioning democracy”.
The National Union of Journalists’ Irish secretary, Seamus Dooley, said the threats were “shocking”.
Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald said that the Garda was working closely with INM to “do everything possible to ensure the safety of their journalists”.