Police investigating killing of a journalist in Northern Ireland

first_img Receive email alerts April 19, 2019 Police investigating killing of a journalist in Northern Ireland News UPDATE: According to information received by RSF, Lyra McKee was killed in the course of doing her job as a journalist. RSF awaits the results of the police investigation to clarify further details about the circumstances of her killing.The Police Service of Northern Ireland has confirmed that McKee was wounded when a single gunman fired shots in a residential part of the Creggan area of the city around 11 pm on 18 April. She was taken to hospital in a police vehicle, but died from her injuries. It remains unconfirmed whether McKee was covering the unrest as a journalist. The police have stated they are treating it as a “terrorist incident”. RSF_en McKee’s killing took place the same day as the launch of RSF’s 2019 World Press Freedom Index, which saw a seven-place rise in ranking for the United Kingdom, now ranked 33rd out of 180 countries. “We are deeply saddened by the news of Lyra McKee’s killing; by all accounts she was a talented young journalist with a bright future ahead of her. We are concerned by reports of the incident that resulted in her killing, and are waiting for the police investigation to determine whether she was targeted as a journalist reporting on the unrest”, said RSF UK Bureau Director Rebecca Vincent. News © Brendan Gallagher, themarketingphotographer.co.uk Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is concerned by reports that journalist Lyra McKee was killed in Londonderry, Northern Ireland, after shots were fired during an incident of unrest on 18 April. RSF is waiting for the police investigation to determine whether McKee was present as a journalist reporting on the unrest, and whether she was deliberately targeted. to go further United KingdomEurope – Central Asia Protecting journalists WomenFreedom of expressionViolence center_img Help by sharing this information News RSF Index 2019: UK rises in ranking, but press freedom climate remains worrying Follow the news on United Kingdom McKee, 29 years old, had signed a two-book deal with Faber, which described her as a “rising star of investigative journalism”. In 2016, she had been named as one of Forbes’ “30 under 30” in media in Europe. April 18, 2019 Find out more United KingdomEurope – Central Asia Protecting journalists WomenFreedom of expressionViolence Organisation RSF condemns arrests of journalists in Northern Ireland September 4, 2018 Find out morelast_img

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