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Remembering Lyra McKee

ON 16 APRIL 2019 freelance journalist Lyra McKee was shot while covering rioting in Derry.

Lyra McKee

This is the photo that Lyra McKee supplied to Forbes magazine when it declared her one of its 30 under 30 in media in 2016.

Her 30th birthday would have been on 31 March 2020. Many of her friends and former colleagues marked the day online and Little Atoms magazine published a piece of hers that they'd accidentally sat on: "We forgot that Northern Ireland could be a welcoming place" in which she argued that survivors of the Holocaust and the Belfast Blitz have much to teach us about how to treat people fleeing violence.

On 11 February 2020 four men were arrested in connection with Lyra's killing and the following day a 52-year-old man was charged. It was later reported that Paul McIntyre, 52, who was due to appear via video link at Londonderry Magistrates' Court on Monday 23 March, had refused to leave his cell, claiming concerns about coronavirus. He had been granted bail on 27 February but this was overturned on 6 March on appeal by proscutors.

Lyra's mother died on 10 March. On 2 April am anthology of her writings was published as Lost, Found, Remembered.

The Lyra McKee Journalism Training Bursary Scheme, which was to be offered to residents of the UK and Republic of Ireland who want to attend the Centre for Investigative Journalism Summer Conference, is postponed until next year.

16 April 2020

We stand with Lyra

On Saturday 18 April NUJ members are invited to join in solidarity and remembrance as we mark the 1st anniversary of the killing of Lyra McKee.

Lyra was a committed journalist and NUJ member and we want to mark the anniversary of her needless death in Northern Ireland by celebrating her life and legacy.

We are encouraging members and friends to take part in a symbolic virtual commemoration at 11am on Saturday morning, using social media to highlight the shared values which Lyra embraced under the banner #WeStandWithLyra

What you can do:

  • Retweet the @NUJofficial tweets on Saturday
  • Tweet your own tributes, memories and pictures of Lyra
  • Post a message on the NUJ's Facebook page
  • Share examples of Lyra's journalism
  • Use the hashtag #WeStandWithLyra

Take a moment at 11am on Saturday to remember Lyra on Saturday, keeping in mind her partner Sarah and Lyra's family.

  • On 16 April we corrected the sequence of bail decisions for the accused.