This event is now fully booked.
The Police raids following the release of the documentary No Stone Unturned have become an urgent press freedom cause celebre.
The controversial film will be shown at City, University of London followed by a Q&A session with the two journalists, Trevor Birney and Barry McCaffrey accompanied by the investigative journalist Ian Cobain.
Director Alex Gibney’s film No Stone Unturned investigates the Loughinisland massacre where six people were murdered by loyalist gunmen, while watching a World Cup football game in a bar, on June 18 1994. The documentary broke new ground by publicly naming those it said were suspects and exploring claims of security force collusion with loyalist paramilitaries.
A year after the film was first shown, two investigative journalists, Trevor Birney and Barry McCaffrey, who worked on the documentary, were raided, arrested and are on bail. They are being investigated as a consequence of obtaining a key confidential and damming document over failures of the earlier police inquiries into the massacre. The evening is a joint event between City and the National Union of Journalists (NUJ). The interlocutor will be the highly-regarded investigative journalist Ian Cobain.
Michelle Stanistreet, the NUJ General Secretary, said: “This case is the biggest specific threat to press freedom in UK at the moment. The arrest of two NUJ members and the ongoing legal threats are an appalling abuse of power and should be a major concern to all journalists and everyone who cares about investigative journalism, human rights and civil liberties.”
Please contact for further details:
City, University of London: Dr Paul Lashmar
NUJ: Sarah Kavanagh