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SOMETIMES IT’S A DANGEROUS JOB: Journalist Lyra McKee, who died while reporting on the streets of Derry, was one of 25 reporters killed because of their work in 2019

SOMETIMES IT’S A DANGEROUS JOB: Journalist Lyra McKee, who died while reporting on the streets of Derry, was one of 25 reporters killed because of their work in 2019

SOMETIMES IT’S A DANGEROUS JOB: Journalist Lyra McKee, who died while reporting on the streets of Derry, was one of 25 reporters killed because of their work in 2019

When Lyra McKee was shot dead on the streets of Derry last year, Northern Ireland joined the likes of Syria, Mexico and Pakistan as one of the world's most dangerous places to be a journalist.

Lyra was one of 25 reporters killed because of their work in 2019 - the lowest number for 17 years. Last week, Lyra's murder resulted in Reporters Without Borders relegating the UK two places to 35th in its annual Press Freedom Index.

It surveys the state of the media in 180 countries and territories. By contrast, Ireland rose two places to 13th.