Tributes paid to journalist Lyra McKee on World Press Freedom Day 2019

At the Free World Centre in Farringdon today The National Union of Journalists (NUJ) is hosting an event in tribute to Lyra McKee, the Irish journalist killed on 18th April while reporting on riots in Northern Ireland. The event will be from 6:30pm to 9pm.

The NUJ will be discussing the challenges facing journalists and press freedom worldwide. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn will be in attendance, as well as NUJ General Secretary Michelle Stanistreet, NUJ member and BBC Persian TV correspondent Kasra Naji and Senior Law Lecturer at University of London Carmen Draghici. 

They will also be paying tribute to McKee’s life and work in the aftermath of her death.  The 29-year old was shot during rioting in Derry, Northern Ireland, believed to be by a member of the ‘New IRA’. Members of the National Union of Journalists formed a guard of honour at her funeral on the 24th.

The event costs £10 and all money will go to the International Federation of Journalists’ Safety Fund. The fund provides financial and practical assistance to at-risk journalists and their families.

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If you want more information on World Press Freedom Day that can be found here.

Header image credit to The Guardian. 


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