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This section is dedicated to highlighting attacks on journalists doing their job around the world.

Lyra McKee ( 31 March 1990 – 18 April 2019)

Journalism News: Lyra McKee and the 25 journalists killed or murdered in 2019

This April is the first anniversary of the murder of the journalist Lyra McKee in Northern Ireland during a riot. She was shot dead by the Real IRA who later offered an apology and an explanation which her family rejected.

It was a shocking incident which revealed even in the UK journalists face hostility, danger and even death in the course of their work. Around the world in 2019 25 journalists were murdered or killed in cross-fire or bombings with hundreds more imprisoned, detained or assaulted. Syria, Mexico and Iraq appear to be some of the most dangerous places but from Ukraine to Chad and from Honduras to Haiti nowhere is safe where there are wars, civil conflict or out of control criminality.

Lyra’s murderer has never been brought to justice although three different people were arrested and later released without charge by police. In recent years on the island of Ireland journalist Veronica Guerin was shot dead by criminals in 1996 who she was investigating over the Irish illegal drugs business and Martin O’Hagan was killed by the Loyalist Volunteer Force in 2001.

The list of those journalists who were killed in 2019 was compiled by the Committee to Protect Journalists. The list is here:

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