Gardai advise that INM reporters' safety is at risk
A number of reporters at Independent News and Media (INM) have been formally notified by An Garda Siochána that their safety is a risk from organised criminals.
In a statement issued this afternoon, Independent News and Media, which includes the Sunday World, said:
'A number of reporters at Independent News and Media (INM) have been formally notified by An Garda Siochána that their safety is a risk from organised criminals.
'INM is working with gardai to strengthen security around these journalists and taking every precaution to ensure their safety.
"The threats are understood to have emanated from criminal gangs in Dublin.
'After consulting with the reporters concerned, INM has decided to make these threats public in order to highlight the danger posed to the media.
INM Editor-in-Chief Stephen Rae said: “This is an outrageous threat to the freedom of the press in Ireland and we are taking the threats with the utmost seriousness.
"The safety of our journalists is of paramount importance. It is disturbing that threats of this nature have emerged as we approach the twentieth anniversary of the death of our colleague Veronica Guerin, who was murdered by criminals for exposing their activities.
"Our media group will not be deterred from serving the public interest and highlighting the threat to society at large posed by such criminals."