04 Sep 2018 Lvl. 2
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United Kingdom: Two Journalists Arrested over Alleged Theft of Documents relating to Northern Ireland Massacre

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CategoryDetention and imprisonment of journalists
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Two journalists involved in the making of a recent documentary about the killing of six men in the Northern Ireland village of Loughinisland in 1994 were arrested on 31 August 2018 in connection with the alleged theft of confidential documents from the office of the Police Ombudsman of Northern Ireland (PONI), the Belfast Telegraph reported.
The two men, film producer Trevor Birney and journalist Barry McCaffrey, were both involved in the making of the 2017 documentary film No Stone Unturned, directed by Alex Gibney. The film examined the police investigation into the murders – for which no one has yet been charged – and looked especially at allegations of collusion between the police and the loyalist gunmen who shot dead six men in a Loughinisland bar. It generated considerable controversy upon its release in November 2017 by naming the main suspects in the killings. Birney and McCaffrey were released on bail later on 31 August.
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