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April 20, 2020

n our latest opinion piece, journalist Kathryn Johnson pays a moving tribute on the first anniversary of the death of her friend and colleague Lyra McKee, who died while observing a riot in Derry in April 2019.

“Lyra’s beautiful young life, ended so abruptly, will always be in our hearts and minds”

by Kathryn Johnston

A year ago, my friend, colleague and fellow member of the National Union of Journalists Belfast & District Branch...

April 18, 2020

Like many journalists, I am haunted by the tyranny of the deadline.  Take yesterday, when I sat down to reflect on the first anniversary of the death of my 29 year old close friend, journalistic colleague and fellow National Union of Journalists Belfast & District member, Lyra McKee.

Lyra and I often took solace in the words of  Douglas Adams in ‘The Salmon of Doubt’ when he summed up their unique fatal attraction by saying ‘I...

April 2, 2020

This was originally published in 'Peace Journalism' 1 April 2020

 

The overnight snow had frozen on my windscreen when I left home at dawn on Thursday 12 March 2019.

As I drove through Derry, I passed the spot where almost a year ago my friend, colleague, and fellow member of the National Union of Journalists, Lyra McKee, became the latest victim to die in the Northern Ireland Troubles.  She was shot dead in Derry  by a gunman fr...

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