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‘PSNI must drop journalist prosecution’ - Kelly

31 May, 2019 - by Gerry Kelly

The PSNI should immediately drop the case against two investigative journalists if, as expected, the High Court overturn the legality of warrants used to search their homes and offices, Sinn Féin Policing Spokesperson Gerry Kelly has said.

The North Belfast MLA was commenting after the High Court said it was ‘minded’ to quash the search warrants used in the arrest of investigative journalists Barry McCaffrey and Trevor Birney over their documentary about state collusion with the UVF gang that carried out the Loughinisland massacre in 1994.

"These journalists were doing their job and providing an important service by shining a light on state collusion in the Loughinisland massacre,” Gerry Kelly said.

“They exposed British State involvement in one of the most notorious atrocities of the conflict and faced arrest and criminal charges as a result.

“If, as expected, the High Court now rules that the warrants which led to their arrests should be quashed then the PSNI must immediately drop the case against them.

“Freedom of the press is a fundamental principle in any democracy and journalists who expose state wrongdoing should not be subject to malicious prosecution which has nothing to do with justice and everything to do with intimidating journalists, whistle-blowers and covering up the state’s role in the conflict here.” 

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