24 Apr 2019 Lvl. 1
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Alert created on: 23 Apr 2019 n° 41/2019 United Kingdom

Journalist Lyra McKee Killed in Northern Ireland

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CategoryAttacks on physical safety and integrity of journalists
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Lyra McKee, a leading young journalist, was murdered on 18 April 2019 in the Creggan area of Derry in Northern Ireland. Violent unrest had broken out when police carried out searches in the area. During the disturbances a man reportedly fired shots towards police officers, fatally wounding 29-year old Ms McKee who was standing near a police vehicle. The murder is being investigated as a terrorist incident.
Updates
07 Jun 2019
On 6 June 2019, the PSNI carried out further home searches, seizing items for examination. A man aged 46 was arrested and subsequently released without charge.
10 May 2019
On 9 May 2019, the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) carried out home searches under the Terrorism Act and arrested four men aged 15, 18, 38 and 51, saying the riots in the Creggan area were “orchestrated”. The teenagers were released without charges. On 11 May 2019, Christopher Gillen and Paul McIntyre went on trial in the Magistrates’ Court on charges of riot, petrol bomb offences and the arson of a hijacked vehicle. Both were denied bail.
24 Apr 2019
On 23 April 2019, in a statement issued to the Irish News, an organisation called “New IRA” admitted that journalist McKee had been killed by one of its “volunteers” “while standing beside enemy forces”.
Follow-ups
24 Apr 2019
OSCE Media Freedom Representative strongly condemns killing of journalist in United Kingdom, calls for thorough investigation.
19 Apr 2019
The Commissioner for Human Rights shocked by the killing of journalist Lyra McKee in Northern Ireland
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