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Support Suzanne Breen

by | 11th, June 2009

SUZANNE Breen is northern editor of the Sunday Tribune in Northern Ireland.

She does not want to give the police her notes linked to stories about the Real IRA.

Suzanne Breen will appear at Belfast’s High Court.

She received the Real IRA’s claim of responsibility for the murder of two soldiers in March and interviewed a representative of the group.

The police say they need the notes as part of the murder inquiry.

Ms Breen has refused to comply with the request, saying her life could be in danger and she must protect sources.

In May a judge said he was “minded” to grant the police application to force the journalist to hand over the material.

Says Roy Greenslade, speaking for her defence:

“Too often, the police seek to use us as informers, which is wrong in principle and in practice.

“Their job is detection. Ours is exposure. These can be mutually beneficial, but when it comes to the crunch, journalists have a duty to keep their sources to themselves.”

Sappers Mark Quinsey, 23, from Birmingham, and Patrick Azimkar, 21, from London, were shot dead as they collected pizzas outside their barracks in Antrim on 7 March.

She should not be made to over her notes.

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