Victims’ stories must be top of the news agenda

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VIEWdigital co-founder Una Murphy

By Una Murphy

Government disregard for victims and survivors cannot be tolerated. It will be judged on its actions following the public consultation on the proposed new Troubles legacy institutions. The media must make sure this is top of the news agenda.

VIEW welcomes the new media guidelines on reporting conflict-related issues. Paul Gallagher, chairman of the Victims and Survivors Trust said that journalists have an “important part to play in calling out injustice and have the power to shine a bright light into the dark parts of our past”.

We back the Amnesty campaign to support journalists Trevor Birney and Barry McCaffrey, arrested under the Official Secrets Act after working
on the award-winning documentary ‘No Stone Unturned’ which looked at the 1994 Loughinisland massacre.

Journalists were among those at the scene following atrocities and one colleague Martin O’Hagan was murdered for doing his job; other journalists were injured, physically and mentally, while covering the Troubles.
The first rough draft of history is produced by journalists and we believe that the CAIN (Conflict Archive on the Internet) archive on the Troubles should be kept open and fully funded.

Peter Heathwood, an injured group member of the WAVE Trauma Centre – the grassroots charity offering care and support to people bereaved, injured and traumatised as a result of the Troubles – has diligently contributed to the CAIN archive.

Journalists, along with film and theatre practitioners like Cahal McLaughlin and Jo Egan can all contribute by working with victims and survivors, to ensure their voices are heard.

And that Government inaction ends once and for all.

• On behalf of VIEWdigital, I would also like to thank guest editor Alan McBride and the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust whose support immensely helped the production of this issue.

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