Martin O’Hagan not forgotten four years after his unsolved murder

first_img Safety of journalists remains active concern in Northern Ireland as BBC Panorama team is threatened to go further RSF_en Organisation News Receive email alerts Solidarity with Swedish media outlet Realtid ahead of UK defamation case hearing March 23, 2021 Find out more United KingdomEurope – Central Asia On the eve of the fourth anniversary of the murder of Irish investigative journalist Martin O’Hagan of the Sunday World on 28 September 2001 near Belfast, in Northern Ireland, Reporters Without Borders today called on the British authorities not to abandon their investigation into this unsolved crime.“Let us not forget that O’Hagan was killed for doing his job,” the press freedom organisation said. “This unpunished murder highlights the dangers that often exist for journalists working in Northern Ireland, especially those probing sensitive issues. We call on Peter Hain, the British minister for Northern Ireland, to promise to pursue the investigation into O’Hagan’s murder until the truth is revealed and those responsible are punished.”O’Hagan was probably the first journalist to be deliberately murdered by Northern Ireland’s loyalist paramilitary militias. He was almost certainly killed for investigating collusion between the Northern Irish police, military intelligence, armed groups and drug gangs. Seamus Dooley, the Irish Secretary of the National Union of Journalists, and many of O’Hagan’s former colleagues continue to condemn the “wall of silence” around the police investigation.Since the start of the investigation, eight suspects have been arrested and then released for lack of proof. The police have denied claims by journalists that some of the suspects were cleared because they were former police informants.O’Hagan’s murder marked a shift in the security climate for journalists in Northern Ireland. “The number of journalists threatened by loyalist groups in 2001 was no more than three, but today it is more like 15,” said the Reporters Without Borders correspondent in the United Kingdom.The Sunday World was the target of a campaign of intimidation this summer after it ran several reports about the lavish lifestyle of certain Protestant armed group members who are also organised crime leaders. Several newspaper vendors in loyalist neighbourhoods were repeatedly the victims of paramilitary violence aimed at forcing them to stop selling the Sunday World.“If this kind of intimidation took place on the streets of Liverpool or Manchester and if the newspapers in those cities were targeted like ours is, there would have been a national outcry, but as it is happening in Northern Ireland, no one seems to pay any attention,” Sunday World editor Jim MacDowell told Reporters Without Borders.Aged 51, O’Hagan was gunned down in Lurgan, near Belfast, as he was returning home from a night out with his wife. The day after his murder, a caller to the BBC claimed responsibility on behalf of the “The Red Hand Defenders,” a name used by loyalist paramilitary groups, especially the “Loyalist Volunteer Force” (LVF). Help by sharing this information September 27, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Martin O’Hagan not forgotten four years after his unsolved murder News United KingdomEurope – Central Asia RSF condemns BBC broadcast ban as example of Chinese government reprisal Irish reporter Martin O’Hagan of the Sunday World was gunned down on 28 September 2001 near Belfast. Four years later, the investigation has ground to a halt and those who did it have still not been identified. News Follow the news on United Kingdom February 12, 2021 Find out more News February 11, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Wescom Credit Union Donates $10,000 Worth of GrubHub Gift Cards to Huntington Memorial Hospital Workers on Front Lines of COVID-19

first_img Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  12 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it As part of its long-standing tradition of giving back to the communities it serves, Pasadena-based Wescom Credit Union is donating $10,000 worth of GrubHub gift cards to Huntington Memorial Hospital workers on the front lines of COVID-19. Additionally, Wescom is providing $45,000 in grant support to four nonprofit Southern California food banks to help them continue to provide food and meals to those in need.“Supporting our local communities and residents has always been a strong part of our ethos,” said Melissa Pederson, Senior Vice President Administration, Wescom Credit Union. “We know Huntington Memorial staff are working tirelessly to care for sick patients and to keep our community safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, and we wanted to show our appreciation with a little #WescomKindness. The GrubHub gift cards give recipients the flexibility to use them to order a meal for themselves while on duty or for their family at home. They also help support local restaurants and the economy during this challenging time.”“On behalf of everyone who works at Wescom, and our nearly 200,000 members, we are honored to give back to Huntington Memorial – a hospital right in our backyard of Pasadena. We thank their staff for all they do,” continued Pederson.Wescom also plans to support two other local Southern California hospitals next month with $10,000 worth of GrubHub gift cards each.In addition to the hospital GrubHub gift card donations, Wescom will provide $45,000 in grant support to four nonprofit Southern California food banks – Los Angeles Regional Food Bank, Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County, Feeding America Riverside San Bernardino Counties and Food Share of Ventura County.“We know the COVID-19 pandemic is creating a particularly challenging time for everyone, and low-income individuals and families are especially hard hit,” explained Pederson. “This grant support, provided by our employee-run Foundation, will help local food banks continue to provide food and meals to those in need throughout Los Angeles, Orange, Ventura, San Bernardino and Riverside counties.”For more than 85 years, Wescom has been dedicated to helping Southern Californians build better lives, and through #WescomKindness, they conduct small acts of kindness to community members.To learn more about Wescom, visit WescomTogether.com.About Wescom Credit UnionSince 1934, Wescom Credit Union has been dedicated to helping people throughout Southern California build better lives. Headquartered in Pasadena, California, Wescom has 24 branches providing essential banking solutions to nearly 200,000 members. Benefits include lower loan rates, higher savings yields, reduced fees, and a robust network of branches and ATMs. #WescomKindness is an extension of Wescom Credit Union’s more than 85-year tradition of serving its community through such programs as The Wescom Foundation – the credit union’s employee run charitable foundation. For more information, please visit WescomTogether.com. Herbeauty10 Sea Salt Scrubs You Can Make YourselfHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty5 Things To Avoid If You Want To Have Whiter TeethHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHere Is What Scientists Say Will Happen When You Eat AvocadosHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWant To Seriously Cut On Sugar? You Need To Know A Few TricksHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 Countries Where Men Have Difficulties Finding A WifeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyGained Back All The Weight You Lost?HerbeautyHerbeauty STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week Make a comment Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Donald CommunityPCC- COMMUNITYVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Top of the News Community News Wescom Credit Union Donates $10,000 Worth of GrubHub Gift Cards to Huntington Memorial Hospital Workers on Front Lines of COVID-19 Credit Union also provides $45,000 in grant support to local SoCal food banks STAFF REPORT Published on Tuesday, April 28, 2020 | 3:31 pm CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday center_img More Cool Stuff EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Business News Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Community News STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Community News Subscribelast_img read more