The Ulster Defence Association (UDA) has issued a statement categorically denying making any death threat to a journalist. Earlier, the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) said the paramilitary organisation had issued a threat against the life of a Belfast-based journalist. The UDA statement said it respected “the freedom of the press and the right of all journalists to carry out and pursue their profession free from intimidation or threat”. Seamus Dooley, Irish secretary of the NUJ said he would give a guarded welcome to the UDA statement, “but the threat is not imaginary, it does exist.” Graffiti, including the journalist’s name and mobile telephone number, has appeared in some areas. The police said they could not comment on the security of individuals. The union has not released the name of the journalist.