Free press groups and journalists call on the police to ensure that threats to the press from terrorist groups are investigated fully and on policy-makers in Stormont and Westminster to commit to protecting journalists and media workers in Northern Ireland.
The OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media has called for a re-opening of the investigation into the murder of Sunday World journalist Martin O’Hagan in September 2001.
Police intercepted a letter with a bullet intended for a Belfast-based journalist who had reported on loyalist protests. A bullet and sympathy card addressed to a Social Democratic and Labour Party assembly member were also intercepted by Royal Mail over the weekend.
A journalist in Northern Ireland received a death threat over the telephone, reportedly from the Ulster Defence Association paramilitary group.
“It is vital that the perpetrators of such violence be brought to justice, so that we don’t have an environment in which people feel that they can get away with this kind of act,” states IPI.
The IFJ has welcomed the decision of the court in Belfast to dismiss the application of the PSNI to force journalist Suzanne Breen to reveal her source.
The IFJ says that forcing a journalist to reveal her sources will put her life at risk and weaken the fragile peace and democracy in the region.
(CPJ/IFEX) – The following is a 17 September 2008 CPJ press release: Four charged in 2001 murder of investigative journalist in Northern Ireland New York, September 17, 2008 – The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes the Lisburn Magistrates’ Court decision to charge four men in the 2001 murder ( http://www.cpj.org/news/2001/NorthIre01oct01na.html ) of Martin O’Hagan, an […]
(RSF/IFEX) – Reporters Without Borders joins journalists in Northern Ireland in condemning a fresh paramilitary death threat made against a leading Belfast journalist – exactly six years after the unsolved murder of the investigative reporter, Martin O’Hagan. The threat, accompanied by a bullet, bearing the name, address and car registration number of Robin Livingstone, the […]
(RSF/IFEX) – Reporters Without Borders has voiced concern about a bill currently being discussed by the Parliamentary Assembly of Northern Ireland. The draft “Policing – Miscellaneous Provisions (Northern Ireland) Order 2007” would extend the powers of the police to search and seize documents. The organisation wrote on 18 January 2007 to Northern Ireland Secretary Peter […]
(RSF/IFEX) – Police have refused to extend a protection programme to a reporter facing death threats. The journalist works for the Northern Ireland newspaper “Sunday World”, for which journalist Martin O’Hagan was working when he was murdered by a loyalist paramilitary in September 2001. No one has been brought to justice for the killing. “Reporters […]
CAPSULE REPORT: Spectre of journalist Martin O’Hagan’s unsolved murder refuses to fade as press freedom takes a back seat on the road to peace, says RSF
(RSF/IFEX) – The following is an abridged version of a 27 September 2006 RSF press release: Spectre of Martin O’Hagan’s unsolved murder refuses to fade as press freedom takes a back seat on the road to peace On the eve of the fifth anniversary of the investigative journalist’s murder, Reporters Without Borders expresses its concern […]
Two years after journalist Martin O’Hagan’s murder, the investigation is at a standstill; photographer receives death threat
(RSF/IFEX) – On the eve of the second anniversary of the murder of Martin O’Hagan, an investigative journalist from the Irish weekly “Sunday World”, RSF voiced deep concern about the lack of progress in the police investigation, which has ground to a complete halt. O’Hagan was killed on 28 September 2001 in Northern Ireland. In […]
(RSF/IFEX) – On 27 September 2002, RSF expressed concern at the “lack of any real progress” in the inquiry into the murder of Irish journalist Martin O’Hagan, one year after he was shot dead in front of his home. “This disgusting murder cannot go unpunished,” said RSF Secretary-General Robert Ménard, noting that he was the […]