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

MMH relaxes visitor restrictions as flu cases decrease

first_imgBatesville, In. — Due to the significant decrease of flu activity within our community, visitor restrictions at Margaret Mary Health will be discontinued as of March 22, 2018. Even though the hospital is returning to standard visitation policies, we do ask all visitors to take precautions to avoid spreading illnesses. Precautions include:No visitation by anyone who is currently ill or has been ill within the last 48 hours with any respiratory symptoms, including but not limited to, cough, fever, muscle aches, runny nose, sore throat, or other viral symptoms such as vomiting and diarrheaRemembering to cover your cough and/or sneeze with a tissue or use your sleeveFrequent handwashing and/or use of an alcohol-based hand-sanitizing rubThe hospital has also made hand sanitizer, tissues, and facemasks available to both patients and visitors at the entrances of all hospital facilities.last_img read more

Being wounded can make you stronger, Jurgen Klopp warns ahead of Chelsea trip

first_img “Chelsea is not easy,” the German said. “Do the Chelsea players not know any more how to play football? No, of course not. “They had brilliant moments in the games before, but they didn’t win often enough. “Like last year you know how Chelsea play: very good defence, very good structure and then big individual quality to finish individual situations. “You can talk about (Diego) Costa, Willian, Oscar, Ramires, (Nemanja) Matic – all these guys are great players with (Gary) Cahill and (John) Terry. “I am not sure it is easier to play Chelsea now than last year – why should it be? “Okay, being full of self-confidence maybe makes some things different, but to be wounded can make you stronger too. “They don’t feel life is as good as it could be and now they want to change it and that is big motivation. “But we are motivated too. We have to try something, we have to play – that is what I am looking forward to as it is my first time in the stadium. The defending Barclays Premier League champions are currently 15th, having lost half of their opening 10 matches, and boss Jose Mourinho is coming under increasing pressure with some erratic behaviour to match similar results. But Klopp is not falling for the ‘club in crisis’ talk and is wary of the threat they face on Saturday. Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp does not believe Chelsea’s current troubles make it any easier visiting Stamford Bridge and warned of the dangers a “wounded” side can pose. “It is difficult to play against Chelsea but it is not impossible to win.” Mourinho is under pressure like never before and that has manifested itself in some major public outbursts against officialdom and the media. The Portuguese, already appealing a £50,000 fine and suspended one-match stadium ban for suggesting officials were “afraid” to award his side decisions following the defeat to Southampton on October 3, was this week charged with misconduct after being sent off at West Ham last weekend. But Klopp, who knows Mourinho from his Champions League encounters with Real Madrid when he was at Borussia Dortmund, insists his public persona is not a true representation of him as an individual. “When I was in Germany, sometimes we sent short messages (to each other),” he said. “From my side, I am full of respect for his work. I think if you are not a journalist or a referee he can be a nice guy, and I am not one of these so we have a good talk. “I like to meet people and he is a nice guy and he was really full of respect during the game. “He is emotional, I am emotional but we are full of enough respect after the whistle that normal life starts again and you can talk normally about things that happen and that is what we did. “Everything is okay with us, no problem.” Klopp also understands what Mourinho is going through as he experienced exactly the same in his final season at Dortmund when, this time last year, they were in the bottom three of the Bundesliga. “I am experienced in this! These things can happen. I am not close enough to Chelsea to know the reasons and I am not a journalist so I don’t have to think all day why things are like they are,” he added. “I am interested in the football Chelsea played the last weeks. I don’t know anything about his methods because I’ve never been in his training. “I don’t think anyone knows enough about my kind of work, it is always speculation, and I don’t know how he works. “We have to respect the quality of what Chelsea do.” The match has top billing this week, but Klopp tried to play down expectations. “It is a big match but in 15 years in football I’ve had some big matches,” he said. “I don’t read the newspapers so I don’t know what you think about this game but it wouldn’t change anything if I knew it because I am full of motivation to win games. “The better the opponent the more excited the world around us is. Maybe in history it was a great game – now it is ninth versus 15th. “We have a chance to improve our situation and that is what we want to do and I don’t think too much about the opponent.” Press Associationlast_img read more