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Northern Ireland: Two men charged with murder of journalist Lyra McKee

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September 17, 2021


11:38 am

Northern Ireland’s police announced on Friday that they will charge two men with murdering journalist and LGBTQ advocate Lyra McKee, who was shot dead during clashes with the police in Londonderry, Northern Ireland, in 2019.

The two men have also been charged with possession of a firearm and ammunition, with intent to harm, riot, retaining and throwing petrol bombs and arson.

On Wednesday, the police had arrested four people in connection with the murders, including the two charged on Friday.

Another man was accused of riot, possession of petrol bombs as well as throwing them, who will also appear before the Magistrates Court on Friday. The police arrested a fourth man under the same procedure, but he has been a released pending a police report.

Journalists across Europe face growing threats including threats, intimidation and death. According to the UNESCO Observatory, 76 journalists were killed since 2020, while many more were arrested, harassed or threatened worldwide. 

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