Martin O’Hagan remembered
THE NUJ has sought a meeting with senior members of the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) to discuss the investigation into the murder of journalist Martin O'Hagan, who was shot on 28 September 2001.
Martin O'Hagan was murdered in front of his wife near his home in Lurgan. He was Secretary of Belfast NUJ branch and had attended a branch meeting earlier that day. No one has yet been convicted in connection with the murder - the only killing of a journalist during the round of conflict in Northern Ireland that started in 1968. NUJ Irish Secretary Séamus Dooley said that the unsolved murder continues to cast a shadow over journalism in Northern Ireland.
But Dooley welcomed the work of the PSNI's Retrospective Murder Review Unit in reviewing the case, and noted that some interviews had already taken place. O'Hagan's murder is the first to be investigated by this recently formed unit.
NUJ General Secretary Jeremy Dear said "We have never forgotten and will never forget Martin as a loyal member, devoted journalist and colleague. We will never forget his family, who lost a devoted husband, father and brother." The NUJ's annual conference will be in Belfast next year on 3-6 April. NUJ President Michelle Stanistreet confirmed that "celebrating the outstanding work of Martin O'Hagan will form part of that celebration."
- On 28 September 2007 the NUJ condemned death threats, issued in the name of the Red Hand Defenders, against Robin Livingstone, editor of the Belfast Andersonstown News.