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Decision to drop case against investigative journalists “right thing” - Kelly

4 June, 2019 - by Gerry Kelly


Sinn Féin MLA Gerry Kelly has said the police has done the right thing dropping their case against the investigative journalists Trevor Birney and Barry McCaffrey. And he said that Durham Police and the PSNI should apologise to the journalists and the victims of the Loughinisland Massacre.

The party’s Policing Spokesperson said:

“This is a victory for freedom of the press.

“Durham Police has done the right thing dropping the case against Trevor Birney and Barry McCaffrey.

“This case should never have been pursued in the first place.

“The two journalists should be thanked for doing their job and providing a service to society by shining a light on state collusion in the Loughinisland massacre.

“They exposed British State involvement in one of the most notorious atrocities of the conflict. 

“The police response was to arrest the journalists rather than pursue those responsible for the massacre and cover up.

“Freedom of the press is a fundamental principle in any democracy. 

“The Chief Constables of Durham Police and the PSNI should apologise to Barry McCaffrey and Trevor Birney as well as their journalistic colleagues and the Loughinisland families.“

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