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Journalists’ arrests ‘an attack on freedom of press - Kelly

7 September, 2018 - by Gerry Kelly

Sinn Féin MLA Gerry Kelly has said the arrest of two investigative journalists involved in the ‘No Stone Unturned’ documentary is an attack on the freedom of press. 

Speaking after attending a solidarity rally outside Belfast’s High Court, the party's Policing spokesperson said:

“Last week’s arrest of investigative journalists Barry McCaffrey and Trevor Birney for their work on the documentary ‘No Stone Unturned’ is of grave concern. 

“This documentary helped expose the extent of collusion between the state and loyalist paramilitaries in the murder of six people in Loughinisland. 

“These arrests are an attack on the freedom of press which is a fundamental element of any democratic society that allows journalists to carry out their work unhindered.

“The families of those murdered have been subject to 20 years of state cover-up on collusion into the murders carried out by loyalist paramilitaries.

“Instead of the police taking action against those responsible for murdering these six people, they arrested the two journalists who exposed the evidence to TV screens across the world.”

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