By Jane Whyatt
Nothing could be more frightening than a threat of sexual violence against a newborn baby. Yet this unspeakable horror is only one of the many acts of intimidation by paramilitaries and far-right groups aimed at journalist Patricia Devlin and dozens of her colleagues in Northern Ireland. She gave testimony at the Media Freedom Rapid Response Summit as part of a panel looking at the growing insidious threat of online gendered harassment aimed at women in journalism. In her work as a crime correspondent at the Sunday World newspaper, Patricia Devlin covers the legacy of the troubles and how that has morphed into runaway organised crime. The threats come in personal messages, public social media posts and recently via the spray can: Graffiti featuring her name and the crosshair of a gun have recently been discovered in Belfast.