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Twenty years on 'Deep concern' over failure to prosecute killers of Sunday World journalist Martin O'Hagan

'It’s vital that those who attack journalists and our right to report are brought before the court'

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Martin O'Hagan

Martin O'Hagan

Martin O'Hagan

Amnesty International has said it remains “deeply concerned” at the failure to hold accountable those responsible for the murder of Sunday World journalist Martin O'Hagan. 

Backing NUJ calls for a fresh investigation ahead of the twentieth anniversary of his killing, they also voiced their strong concerns about the failure to bring any prosecutions against those involved in Martin’s murder in Lurgan on September 28, 2001.

The Belfast and District branch of the National Union of Journalists has called for an independent investigation into the journalist’s murder.

Martin was shot dead as he walked home with his wife and his killing remains one of the unsolved cases in Northern Ireland.

“It is unconscionable that as the 20th anniversary of Martin’s murder approaches no one has yet been brought to justice for it,” said branch chair Robin Wilson.

“We believe that an independent investigation should be initiated into his killing at a matter of urgency.

“It’s vital that those who attack journalists and our right to report are brought before the court. Impunity sends a signal, especially in a context where journalists are subject to recurrent hate speech and threats, that perpetrators of such abuse need fear no legal consequences.

Patrick Corrigan, of Amnesty International, said: “Twenty years on, Amnesty remains deeply concerned at the failure to hold accountable those responsible for the murder of Martin O'Hagan.

“It has long been suspected that those who ordered his killing were paid police informants linked to an illegal paramilitary group.

“One might imagine that these things only happen in the likes of Colombia. But Martin O'Hagan was murdered in 'peacetime' Northern Ireland, where – two decades after his murder – journalists continue to work in a climate of fear amidst regular death threats from such armed groups.”

Mr Corrigan added: “Journalists everywhere deserve the protection of the societies which they serve. We support the NUJ in their campaign for justice for Martin O'Hagan.”

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