Lyra McKee honoured today by international organisation Reporters Without Frontiers

Thu, 10/10/2019 - 10:35 -- Editor

International Non-Governmental Organisation, Reporters Without Borders (Reporters Sans Frontières or RSF), are today honouring Lyra McKee in its annual commemoration for journalists killed in the line of duty.

The Reporter’s Memorial event, held in Bayeux, France, will pay tribute to Lyra McKee who was slain by the so-called New IRA in Derry, North of Ireland, on 18th April 2019. Months before her murder, the talented writer had secured a two-book deal with world-renowned publisher, Faber & Faber, and her first book, Angels With Blue Faces, was published posthumously by Excalibur Press.

RSF will also honour the memory of Jamal Khashoggi who was assassinated in the Saudi Arabian Consulate in Istanbul.

Family friends, Niall Ó Murchú and Ciarán MacAirt, will be representing the McKee family in Bayeux.

Niall Ó Murchú, who is also the family’s legal representative from Kinnear and Co. Solicitors, says: “Lyra’s loved ones are very grateful to Reporters Without Borders for commemorating Lyra McKee in Bayeux. We will be sharing the family’s memories of Lyra at the Reporter’s Memorial and they are immensely touched that people across the world will learn about Lyra’s life and important work.”

Ciarán MacAirt, Project Manager of the charity Paper Trail which Lyra supported, says:

“Myself and Niall are deeply humbled and honoured that Lyra’s family entrusted us to attend such an important event in Lyra’s memory. It is a great privilege to talk about our gifted pal’s life and legacy.”