Arrested film producer vows to keep working on investigative journalism projects

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Film producer/director Trevor Birney speaking at the NUJ event in Belfast today

By VIEW editor Brian Pelan

Film producer/director Trevor Birney, who was arrested in Northern Ireland over the film No Stone Unturned, which named alleged suspects in the Loughinisland massacre, has vowed that he will keep working on investigative journalism projects despite the pressure he is under.

Mr Birney, who was arrested in August last year along with his colleague, journalist Barry McCaffrey, was speaking at a World Press Freedom event in the Linen Hall Library in Belfast today.

The seminar, The Media and Democracy – Why Journalism Matters!, was organised by the Belfast and District branch of the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) and the United Nations Association of Northern Ireland.

The event was dedicated to journalist Lyra McKee who was shot dead in Derry last month.

Panel: Mr Birney, left, with Seamus Dooley, Patricia Irvine, Jim Boumelha, Colin Wraftrer and Angelina Fusco

The panel, chaired by former BBCNI editor of television news Angelina Fusco, included Mr Birney, Seamus Dooley, Irish Secretary of the NUJ; Patricia Irvine, UNA-NI chairperson; Jim Boumelha, European Federation of Journalists and former Irish diplomat Colin Wraftrer.

Journalist and VIEWdigital assistant editor Kathryn Johnston

VIEWdigital assistant editor Kathryn Johnston, who also attended the event, praised her colleague and friend Lyra McKee. Ms Johnston said: “Lyra would have particularly enjoyed meeting all the young journalism students who attended today’s seminar.”

Some of those present at today’s seminar in the Linen Hall library in Belfast
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