Silence not an option

Threats to journalism and journalists from paramilitaries and governments and police were under the microscope at the "Journalism Under Threat" conference at Queens University, Belfast on 22 November. It heard that, six years into the Belfast Agreement, more journalists than ever - 16 - are living under paramilitary threat. A key topic was the still-unsolved 2001 murder of Martin O'Hagan, investigative reporter and secretary to the NUJ's Belfast and District Branch, who was shot dead by loyalists. NUJ Irish Secretary Séamus Dooley spoke (below) of the Irish government's undermining of the recent Freedom of Information Act and proposals to criminalise contacts between Gardai and journalists. See the full report here

Séamus Dooley - photo © Kevin Cooper
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