Suzanne Breen

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Suzanne Breen was the Northern Ireland editor for the Sunday Tribune.[1] She has also written for Village Magazine on Northern Irish issues.[2][3][4]

She was contacted by the Real IRA when they claimed responsibility for the shootings at Masserene Barracks and admitted killing Denis Donaldson.[5][6][7][8]

In 2009, she was approached by the Police Service of Northern Ireland and asked to hand over details about sources, which she refused to do.[1][9] She was supported by the National Union of Journalists and the Sunday Tribune.[10][11][12] Breen stated that her life could be in danger if she reveals her sources.[13]

A judge[who?] had said he was minded to grant the order to the PSNI,[14] but, in June 2009, the High Court in Belfast ruled in her favour, saying she didn't have to hand over her notes.[15] She had been told by a third party that if she handed over her notes, she and her family would be in danger from the Real IRA.[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Police 'demand Real IRA sources', BBC News, 3 May 2009; retrieved 12 May 2009
  2. ^ Suzanne Breen,"Johnny Adair: "Any Taig Will Do", Village Magazine, 8 January 2005; retrieved 12 May 2009.
  3. ^ "Who in Sinn Féin was IRA?", 26 February 2005; retrieved 12 May 2009.
  4. ^ Suzanne Breen, "Sinn Féin rides the wave of political fall-out", Village Magazine, 8 January 2005; retrieved 12 May 2009.
  5. ^ "Real IRA ‘claims’ deadly British army attack", France 24, 8 March 2009; retrieved 12 May 2009.
  6. ^ Henry McDonald, "Irish journalist says she will not disclose Real IRA sources", The Guardian, 12 May 2009; retrieved 12 May 2009.
  7. ^ Suzanne Breen, "How Real IRA Killed Denis Donaldson", Tribune News, 12 April 2009; retrieved 12 May 2009.
  8. ^ Suzanne Breen, "Massereene Murders Sets North Back Years", Tribune News, 12 April 2009; retrieved 12 May 2009
  9. ^ Suzanne Breen, I'm not going to put my life in danger to do the PSNI's job, Tribune News, 3 May 2009; retrieved 12 May 2009.
  10. ^ "We will rigorously defend Suzanne Breen's right to maintain confidentiality", Tribune News, 3 May 2009; retrieved 12 May 2009
  11. ^ Journalistic confidentiality, National Union of Journalists, Sunday Tribune, 10 May 2009; retrieved 12 May 2009
  12. ^ Mick McCaffrey, Security Editor"PSNI threatens 'Tribune' over terror sources", 3 May 2009; retrieved 12 May 2009
  13. ^ "Judge to rule on Real IRA case", BBC News, 8 May 2009, retrieved 12 May 2009
  14. ^ Breen gets time to defend case, The Irish Times, 12 May 2009, retrieved 12 May 2009
  15. ^ Reporter wins Real IRA notes case, BBC News, 18 June 2009.
  16. ^ "Perils of reporting on terrorism", Mark Simpson, BBC News, 11 June 2009; retrieved 18 June 2009.