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'Substantial' libel payout from NUJ to Suzanne Breen

Journalist took legal action after published comments about Real IRA case.

Investigative journalist Suzanne Breen has won libel damages from the National Union of Journalists over an article about her which appeared in union magazine - The Journalist.

Union member Breen was backed by the NUJ in a legal battle with the Police Service of Northern Ireland in 2009 which had sought to force her to disclose information which could lead to exposing the identity of sources in the Real IRA terrorist group.

Breen had received the Real IRA's claim of responsibility for shooting dead two soldiers at the gates of Massereene Army Base in Antrim. She also interviewed a member of the group.

She refused to hand over phone records and notes to police and in June 2009 a judge upheld her right to do so saying that to hand over the information would endanger her life.

Breen, who was Northern Ireland editor of the now closed Sunday Tribune newspaper, began defamation proceedings against the NUJ after union mag The Journalist published comments about her stance in the Real IRA sources case.

Read more at Press Gazette.

Dominic Ponsford is editor of Press Gazette