NUJ marks O’Hagan anniversary with renewed call
28 September 2018
The National Union of Journalists in the UK and Ireland has issued a renewed call on both governments to appoint an independent international investigation into the murder of Sunday World journalist and NUJ activist Martin O’Hagan.
Marking the anniversary of Martin's murder on 28 September 2001, Séamus Dooley, NUJ Irish secretary called on the British prime minister, Theresa May and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar to recognise the need for a re-investigation of the circumstances surrounding the murder by an independent agency. He said:
"The failure to secure a successful prosecution for the murder of Martin O’Hagan is a stain on the history of Northern Ireland. Our thoughts are with Martin’s family and former colleagues and with the families of all those victims of violence in Northern Ireland.
"The murder of Martin O’Hagan was a direct attack on the freedom of the press and the failure to apprehend those responsible for his murder cast a dark shadow. Martin’s murder was a matter of international concern and the failure of the police to apprehend those who killed him is still of concern to all who care about human rights and the right of journalists to operate freely and without threat.
"In Belfast today Martin’s branch will meet, as they did on the fateful Friday he was murdered and will again discuss threats to freedom of expression. The recent arrests of journalists Barry McCaffrey and Trevor Birney is proof that the role of journalists is still not recognised by the authorities in Northern Ireland."