Police are investigating after a city councillor’s brother threatened a Sunday newspaper journalist covering a loyalist march in Belfast.
Mr McCusker, brother of Belfast city councillor Paul McCusker, told Christopher he was “coming after” him, saying he had “better watch” himself, in a foul-mouthed rant which has been condemned by the National Union of Journalists.
The threats were caught on camera and the footage, which has since been passed to the police, can be viewed on the website of Sunday Life’s Independent News and Media sister daily the Belfast Telegraph.
Mr McCusker told Christopher: “I’m coming after you, I’m watching you. I’m coming after you, you scumbag c***.
“I’m f****** coming after you, you better watch yourself. See after having a wee drink you’ll have a bad fall one night.”
Christopher was covering the march, which took place after loyalist Orangemen were granted permission to march past Ardoyne following a deal ended a three-year dispute between the loyal orders and nationalist residents.
Sunday Life had recently exposed Mr McCusker’s mother for allegedly selling cigarettes illegally from an unregistered van shop in the front garden.
Seamus Dooley, the NUJ’s Irish general secretary, said: “It is unacceptable that journalists should face threats or intimidation from any quarter simply for doing their job.
“Sunday Life journalists will not be deterred from doing their work by these tactics. Independent News and Media journalists have faced down threats in the past and will continue to do so.”