LONDON — A decision by two British television networks to give to police the television film of an Irish Republican Army funeral at which two British soldiers were killed has raised fears for journalists' safety in Northern Ireland.
"If they are seen to be going to these places and reporting these events merely to provide the police with what they receive, they will become targets of the people and events they are reporting," Harry Conroy, general secretary of the National Union of Journalists, said Thursday.
The British Broadcasting Corp. and Independent Television News turned over untransmitted videotapes of Saturday's funeral in Belfast after police threatened news executives with arrest under anti-terrorist regulations.
The Irish network RTE followed suit Thursday after police called at its Belfast office, a spokesman said.
"We are going to continue to send people (to Northern Ireland)--with considerable anxiety," said Colin Morris, the BBC's controller for the province.