Irish Journalist Lyra McKee Gunned Down

Lyra McKee, a Northern Ireland journalist, was shot dead during rioting in the city of Londonderry on Thursday. McKee was "one of the most promising journalists in Northern Ireland, according to the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) and a "woman of great commitment and passion." In 2011 she formed a blog called The Muckraker, which became an investigative reporting nonprofit and joined GIJN in 2013. The Muckraker never really took off, and she withdrew it from GIJN's membership a year later, but Lyra's reporting kept going strong. She had signed a two-book deal with Faber and Faber, with her book The Lost Boys due out next year. Her death is being blamed on dissident Irish republicans after police searches in Londonderry.

Source: BBC

Posted on: April 19, 2019

3 Indian Journalists Run Over, Killed

In the latest deaths to shake the Indian press, three journalists were killed by vehicles this week, in what their families and human rights groups say are acts of murder. The attacks underscore how India has become one of the world's most dangerous places to be a journalist, particularly for the non-English press and outside the largest cities. One reporter, Sandeep Sharma in Madhya Pradesh state, had recently exposed bribery of a senior police officer as part of illicit sand mining. Violent "sand mafias" are tied to control over sand use, which has tripled in recent years with India's construction boom.

Source: Guardian

Posted on: March 30, 2018

Level of Press Attacks Now “Unprecedented”

The level of attacks faced by journalists is “unprecedented” around the world, according to a new report by Index on Censorship. The attacks are combined with growing hostility to the news media, says the report, which focuses on a series of crackdowns in Europe. The worrisome climate has made 2016 one of the most dangerous times to be a journalist, according to data compiled by the organization.

Source: The Guardian

Posted on: November 29, 2016