Tuesday 15 October 2019

News publishers tell political leaders of their 'grave concerns' for journalists' safety in North


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Kevin Doyle

Kevin Doyle

The World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers has written to Northern Ireland's political leaders, outlining "grave concerns" about the safety of journalists in the region.

The letter addressed to DUP leader Arlene Foster and Sinn Féin vice-president Michelle O'Neill has also been copied to PSNI Chief Constable George Hamilton.

It states that regardless of the motive behind the murder of Lyra McKee (29), "her killing has provoked immense shock and revulsion amongst our member editors as well as throughout the international journalistic community".

"We respectfully call on you to do everything possible to ensure that Ms McKee's murderer is swiftly brought to justice. Identifying and prosecuting the killer - and those who facilitated the violence that led to Ms McKee's death - will deliver a clear statement that the safety of journalists is a priority and that there is no impunity for anyone committing such an act," the letter adds.

The organisation, WAN-IFRA and the World Editors Forum, represents 18,000 publications, 15,000 sites and over 3,000 companies in more than 120 countries.

The correspondence is signed by WAN-IFRA's president Michael Golden.

He concludes by asking that the association be kept informed of progress in the investigation.

Irish Independent

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