UK news Archbishop's tribute to journalists Lyra McKee and Martin O’Hagan who ‘lost their lives in search of the truth’ last news
MetiNews.Com - The Catholic Primate Eamon Martin has paid tribute to late Northern Ireland journalists Lyra McKee and Martin O’Hagan as well as Sunday Independent journalist Veronica Guerin in a speech to mark the achievements of communications media.
Breaking News ! "The Catholic Primate Eamon Martin has paid tribute to late Northern Ireland journalists Lyra McKee and Martin O’Hagan as well as Sunday Independent journalist Veronica Guerin in a speech to mark the achievements of communications media. The Archbishop of Armagh also warned of the risks of ‘fake news’ and said that people have a responsibility to be authentic online.He spoke on Sunday to mark the 55th celebration of World Communications Day, established by the Second Vatican Council.“Pope Francis acknowledges in his message the courage and commitment of journalists and other media professionals who often risk their lives helping us to learn the reality of life around the world today,” he said in his speech.“They beam onto our mobile devices and into our living rooms the hardships facing countless people around the world, like persecution, oppression, poverty, war and injustice.“In recent times, they have helped us to see first-hand the way that the Covid19 pandemic has been impacting people not just here at home but also in the poverty-stricken villages of Asia, Latin America and Africa,” he said.Archbishop Martin paid tribute to the Irish journalists who have been killed in the past. “I’m conscious today of the work of brave journalists here in Ireland like Lyra McKee, Veronica Guerin, and Martin O’Hagan who risked and lost their lives while seeking to uncover and report the truth."It comes after the second anniversary of 29-year-old journalist Lyra McKee’s death was marked recently after she was shot dead during rioting in the Creggan area of Londonderry. A gunman fired shots towards police, but hit Ms McKee instead.Martin O’Hagan was murdered by members of the loyalist terrorist group LVF on September 28, 2001 while returning to his Lurgan home with his wife Marie. He was 51 at the time of his death. No one has been convicted of his murder.
. One man was convicted in connection with her murder.Archbishop Martin also highlighted in his speech the two Spanish journalists who were killed last month in Burkina Faso along with the Irish conservationist, Rory Young.David Beriain and Robert Fraile were filming a documentary with Mr Young on animal poaching when the three men were killed during an ambush.The risk of misinformation is all the more reason for people to be responsible online, Archbishop Martin said.“The internet for example brings to our doorsteps events that are happening all over the world and enables us to share them with others.“Of course there is also the risk of misinformation and fake news. All the more reason, then, for people to be responsible and authentic online, and to be witnesses of the truth.“Pope Francis reminds us today how the Good News of the Gospel has spread down the centuries through person-to-person, heart-to-heart encounters.“Every media tool has its value in handing on the faith, but what really impresses others is a personal witness to faith, hope and charity.“That is the challenge that faces all of us - to communicate our love for Jesus by encountering others, where they are and as they are, and inviting them to ‘Come and See’.“God bless you in this mission, and may truth guide all those who are working in media and journalism here in Ireland,” Archbishop Martin concluded."
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