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Bail on Belfast journalists must be lifted

Trevor Birney, Barry McCaffrey & Gerry Carson, joint chair of the NUJ’s Irish Executive Council.  -  © Kevin Cooper

3 June 2019

The National Union of Journalists has called on the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) to lift the threat of criminal prosecution against Belfast journalists Trevor Birney and Barry McCaffrey.

In the High Court in Belfast arrangements were confirmed for the return of all material inappropriately seized by the PSNI from the two NUJ members.

Welcoming the court proceedings, Seamus Dooley, assistant general secretary said:

“We welcome the fact that material seized by the PSNI and Durham Constabulary is to be returned. However, the threat of criminal prosecution must also be lifted. Trevor and Barry remain on police bail, although not charged and with no evidence of wrongdoing. The PSNI must now end this farce and life the unfair, draconian restriction on the liberty of two journalists whose only crime has been to ask difficult questions and to shine a light into the murky world of collusion and criminality.”

Trevor Birney and Barry McCaffrey will be at Castlereagh police station at 9am on Tuesday 4 June with members of the NUJ and Amnesty to pick up their confiscated materials.

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