Thursday 26 November 2009

Attack on Sunday World editor condemned

The NUJ has strongly condemned an attack on Sunday World Northern editor Jim McDowell in Belfast.
McDowell was beaten to the ground and kicked about the head in an assault by four men in the middle of the busy Continental Market.
The assault happened less than a fortnight after supporters of four loyalists accused of murdering Sunday World journalist Martin O'Hagan smashed up McDowell's car. The vandalism happened while McDowell was inside Craigavon Court House attending a bail hearing for the men facing charges connected to the O'Hagan murder.
NUJ Irish Secretary Séamus Dooley said: "Jim McDowell is a brave editor of exceptional courage and he has never been afraid to take a strong stand. Neither Jim McDowell nor the staff of the Sunday World will be intimidated by this type of behaviour - from whatever quarter it has come.”

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