LGBTI rights lawyer Richard Green dies at 82

LGBTI rights lawyer Richard Green dies at 82

Famed psychiatrist and advocate has died | Photo: Alchetron Richard Green , a lawyer and psychiatrist who made a name for himself fighting for LGBTI rights , has died at 82 .

He died of esophageal cancer at his home in London. His son, Adam Hines-Green, survives him.

Green spent decades of his life battling against LGBTI discrimination and oppression. Both his work as a lawyer and psychiatrist reflect the passion and resilience he possessed for this endeavor.

Born in Brooklyn, New York in 1936, he went on to study medicine at Johns Hopkins under John Money, a well-known sex and gender psychologist. When training as a psychiatrist at UCLA, he worked with gender identity expert Robert Stoller.

Two of his most well-known accomplishments happened a decade apart in 1962 and 1972.

In the first instance, Green successfully challenged Chester Morales’ deportation from the US. Morales, originally from Nicaragua, was being deported due to his homosexual identity.

Ten years later, he published a paper appealing to the American Psychiatric Association to remove homosexuality from the list of mental disorders. According to LGBTI activist Peter Tatchell , people advised him this course of action would ruin his career.

One year later, he appealed again, and the APA removed homosexuality from the list. Pioneering LGBTI paths

Green’s commitment to LGBTI rights was broad and far-reaching.

In his medical career, he also advocated for gender confirmation surgery. In the 1960s, he began seeing transgender patients with Harry Benjamin.

Beyond medicine, he also fought for marriage equality and the rights of LGBTI parents.

In 1974, he appeared on the US television show The Advocates, participarting in a debate on marriage equality. He also testified in numerous court cases as an expert witness for LGBTI parents look to adopt or get custody rights to children from previous relationships.

In court, he also a witness and champion in several discrimination cases.

As Tatchell writes, Green’s work risked his ‘reputation and career to advance the understanding and acceptance of sexual and gender minorities’. Because of his contributions, several crucial strides towards equality were made. See also

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Heterosexual Worker Stung by 5th Cir. Stance on LGBT Bias (1)

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Italian broadcaster wants gender-based TV channels: ‘Rambo obviously appeals to men’

Italian broadcaster wants gender-based TV channels: ‘Rambo obviously appeals to men’

Sylvester Stallone as Rambo (PH) Rai, the Italian state broadcaster, has stoked controversy with plans to create TV channels based around heteronormative gender stereotypes.

Under the plans there would be one channel aimed at men, airing films such as Rambo, with a separate service for women.

Amid an instant backlash, a source told The Guardian : “There are lots of channels that are targeted according to age and gender. Take, for example, the film Rambo. It’s obvious that this would appeal more to a male audience.” “There are lots of channels that are targeted according to age and gender.”

The source added that the idea was to allow advertisers to target audiences more effectively, and called the row “ridiculous.”

“This plan is not intended to discriminate. It never came to mind to create a channel about sewing or one called Rai Men and another called Rai Woman. That would be offensive.” Italian leaders criticise plans

Vladimir Luxuria, an Italian actor and LGBT+ who became Europe’s first openly trans MP in 2006, has called for a boycott of Rai should the plans go ahead.

She told PinkNews: “This plan seems quite antiquated to me. We live in a time where gender shouldn’t preclude women from being astronauts (like the Italian, Samantha Cristoforetti), truck drivers or political leaders.

“Do we need a specific channel for women? Would it be a channel with romance movies, kitchen shows and gossip? Taste overcomes gender, so why not let audiences decide what they want to watch regardless of gender.” USIGRai, the Italian journalists’ union, said in a statement that the “division on the basis of gender is unacceptable and risks opening up the door to the worst stereotypes.”

Salvatore Margiotta, a Democratic senator, called the proposals “frankly incomprehensible.”

“As we try to overcome gender discrimination, in 2019, having one public channel that is dedicated to a female audience and another to a male audience is crazy. But it seems to be in line with the subculture of this government,” he said. “Having one public channel that is dedicated to a female audience and another to a male audience is crazy.”

It was first reported on Friday (April 19) that Rai would reorganise its content along gender lines to replace two ailing channels: Rai Movie and Rai Premium.

While the stations bring in a reported €30m (£26m) in annual advertising revenue, they both suffer from low ratings.

Rai is part-funded by an annual television license, with the remainder of its budget coming from advertising sales.

This isn’t the first time that Italian media has come under fire for archaic views on gender and sexuality.

In January, the newspaper Libero ran a headline which appeared to link economic decline with an increase in LGBT+ people. No compatible source was found for this media.

Honduran trans woman freed from ICE custody six months after being granted asylum

Honduran trans woman freed from ICE custody six months after being granted asylum

A Honduran transgender woman has been released from solitary confinement in a men’s immigration unit, six months she was granted asylum by a federal judge.

Nicole García Aguilar was detained by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) after she fled Honduras in April 2018, having survived rape, attempted murder and police abuse.

A federal judge granted her asylum in October 2018, a decision which ICE appealed.

In the past six months Aguilar has been held in a unit populated by men in the Cibola County Correctional Facility, New Mexico.

Three of those months were spent in solitary confinement, an ordeal which caused her to lose one third of her body weight, according to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). ALCU petitioned for Nicole García Aguilar’s release

Aguilar was freed on Wednesday (April 17), six days after a petition for her release was filed by the ACLU.

ACLU layer Kristin Love said in an April 11 statement : “It is beyond cruel that ICE continues to detain a woman upon whom an immigration judge has already conferred asylum status.

“Continuing to hold an asylee who has already suffered so greatly serves no purpose other than to inflict misery. We demand that ICE end her prolonged and illegal detention immediately.”

Following Aguilar’s release, Love added: “We have forced ICE to review what it was doing to one person, but this is an out-of-control agency that refuses to follow the law unless sued. That’s not how government should operate.”

Since its liberal president was removed in a 2009 coup, Honduras has become especially hostile towards LGBT+ people. 307 LGBT+ die in Honduras

In the past decade an estimated 307 LGBT+ people have been killed, according to the LGBT+ group Cattrachas . Of that number, 98 were transgender.

Those who flee to the US face further challenges from ICE, which has been repeatedly criticised for its treatment of LGBT+ refugees.

Roxsana Hernández Rodriguez , another Honduran trans woman, died in ICE custody on May 25, 2018. A member of the Pink Unity Collective holds a photo of Roxana Hernandez. (Orlando Sierra/AFP/Getty) An independent autopsy found that she was beaten shortly before her death, which an official report put down to a rare, AIDS-related illness. The state medical investigator refuted THE claims of abuse.

Shortly afterwards, in June 2018, a report found that LGBT+ detainees were 97 times more likely to be sexually assaulted while being held by ICE than straight people.

Lyra McKee vigil: Journalist’s death ‘must not be in vain,’ says partner

Lyra McKee vigil: Journalist’s death ‘must not be in vain,’ says partner

Lyra McKee Lyra McKee’s partner made an emotional plea for peace at a vigil in Derry, Northern Ireland, after the lesbian journalist was shot dead on Thursday (April 18).

Thousands of people gathered in the Fanad Drive area of Creggan, where the 29-year-old was killed while observing a riot.

Her partner Sara Canning told the crowds that McKee’s death had left the LGBT+ community “without a tireless advocate and activist,” and her “without the love of my life.”

“Our hopes and dreams, her amazing potential was snuffed out by a single barbaric act,” she said on April 19. Her amazing potential was snuffed out by a single barbaric act.

“This cannot stand. Lyra’s death must not be in vain because her life was a shining light in everyone else’s life.

“Her legacy will live on in the light that she’s left behind.” Lyra McKee’s partner Sara Canning (Freya McClements) McKee first rose to prominence with “ A Letter To My 14-Year-Old Self “, an essay about coming out and enjoying a promising career in writing.

She was the author of Angels With Blue Faces, an investigation into the murder of Ulster Unionist MP Robert Bradford at the hands of the IRA, which is shortly due for release.

Recently McKee had signed a two-book publishing deal with Faber & Faber, with a new book about the disappearances of Troubles-era children due for release in 2020. Tributes paid to Lyra McKee

Representatives from all of Northern Ireland’s political parties appeared at the rally, including DUP leader Arlene Foster who said: “It doesn’t matter whether you’re a Catholic or a Protestant, or whether you identify as Irish or British, when people come out with guns to shoot people from their own community then we have to say enough is enough.”

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald took to the stage holding a rainbow flag.

“We stand here today to mark Lyra’s memory in the best way that we can, and that is to dedicate ourselves to peace,” she said.

McKee was “one of the most promising journalists” in Northern Ireland, according to the National Union of Journalists (NUJ). Lyra McKee (LinkedIn) Ireland’s Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said that she had “changed lives” through her work, and would continue to do so following her death.

British Prime Minister Theresa May said that McKee “died doing her job with great courage,” adding that her murder was “shocking and senseless.”

Friends of the journalist have set up a fundraising page , which raised more than £30,000 in its first eight hours.

The funds will go McKee’s family, for funeral costs and “to decide her legacy.” Lyra McKee killed during Derry riots

McKee died during riots which broke out after police began conducting searches for weapons and ammunition in Creggan.

Assistant Chief Constable for District Policing Mark Hamilton said: “Lyra McKee was murdered during orchestrated violence.

“A single gunman fired shots in a residential area of the city and as a result wounded Ms McKee. Officers quickly administered first aid before transporting her in the back of a Land Rover to hospital.

“Tragically she died from her injuries. At this stage we believe her murder was carried out by a violent dissident republican.”

Hamilton confirmed that police are treating her death as a “terrorist act.”

Students call for Camille Paglia to be replaced with ‘queer person of colour’

Students call for Camille Paglia to be replaced with ‘queer person of colour’

Camille Paglia (YouTube) Students of Philadelphia’s University of the Arts have created a petition calling for professor Camille Paglia to be replaced with a “queer person of colour” following accusations of anti-trans comments.

The petition accuses Paglia of “degrading transgender individuals” in classes and interviews.

“She believes that most transgender people are merely participating in a fashion trend,” student Sheridan Merrick wrote.

Critics have pointed to a 2017 interview, in which Paglia told the now-defunct Weekly Standard: “Although I describe myself as transgender (I was donning flamboyant male costumes from early childhood on), I am highly skeptical about the current transgender wave, which I think has been produced by far more complicated psychological and sociological factors than current gender discourse allows.” Camille Paglia accused of mocking #MeToo

The petition goes on to allege that Paglia has “blatantly mocked survivors of sexual assault and the #MeToo movement” in recent interviews.

It links to a video , taken from an April 2016 interview with Spike, in which Paglia says she finds it “ridiculous” that universities “tolerate” historic accusations of rape.

“These girls have been coached to imagine that the world is a dangerous place. They expect the omnipresence of authority figures in every stage of their lives,” she says.

“They expect that a mistake they might make at a fraternity party, that they might regret six months or a year later, that somehow this isn’t ridiculous?

“To me it’s ridiculous if even for a second that any university ever tolerated a complaint from a girl coming six months or a year after an event.” Philadelphia students demand apology from David Yager

Students have demanded that university president David Yager apologise for a “ wildly ignorant and hypocritical letter ” which he released on April 10.

In it, the university’s president spoke of how “artists over the centuries have suffered censorship, and even persecution, for the expression of their beliefs through their work.”

“Unfortunately, as a society we are living in a time of sharp divisions—of opinions, perspectives and beliefs—and that has led to decreased civility, increased anger and a ‘new normal’ of offence given and taken,” he wrote.

“Across our nation it is all too common that opinions expressed that differ from another’s—especially those that are controversial—can spark passion and even outrage, often resulting in calls to suppress that speech.

“That simply cannot be allowed to happen.”

Paglia has dismissed the petition as “a publicity stunt” by those who do not understand her ideas.

Speaking to Inside Higher Ed , she also praised Yager’s “eloquent statement affirming academic freedom as a landmark in contemporary education.” Vikings: Free Online Game If You’re Over 40 And Own A Computer, This Game Is A Must-Have!

Bolton 0-2 Aston Villa: Wanderers relegated from Championship as Villa equal club record

Bolton 0-2 Aston Villa: Wanderers relegated from Championship as Villa equal club record

Villa captain Jack Grealish returned from injury to claim his sixth goal of the season Bolton have been relegated from the Championship following a home defeat by Aston Villa.

Second-half goals by Jack Grealish and Tammy Abraham gave Villa a club record-equalling ninth straight win and sent Bolton into League One.

Wanderers are set to be sold to former Watford owner Laurence Bassini after a season of financial woes.

But they will begin next season in the third tier after a 14th defeat in 18 games.

Bolton, who are 11 points from safety with three games left, are heading for League One for the second time in the seven years since they fell out of the Premier League.

The latest defeat was their fourth in a row with players still awaiting their March wages as Bassini waits to complete the takeover from current owner Ken Anderson.

Villa had the early chances with Anwar El Ghazi firing wide from a Jack Grealish cross before John McGinn had an effort cleared off the line by Harry Brockbank.

Bolton then lost both captain David Wheater and veteran midfielder Gary O’Neil to injury before half-time.

Villa claimed the lead just two minutes into the second half when Tammy Abraham crossed to the far post for Grealish to head home.

Ten minutes later Grealish returned the favour, collecting a pass by McGinn and setting up Abraham to head home and become the first Villa player to score 25 league goals in a season since Andy Gray in 1976-77.

Victory also equalled their club record of nine successive wins, set in 1910, and left them six points clear of seventh-place in the race for play-off spots.

To compound Bolton’s misery, they set a new club record of 27 league defeats in a season. Phil Parkinson’s Bolton have won just four times in 2019 A year of misery for the Trotters

Since keeping their Championship status after beating Nottingham Forest on the final day of last season, things have not been easy on or off the pitch for Wanderers.

Players went on strike during pre-season over unpaid wages and bonuses, while in September the club avoided administration after receiving a £5m loan from former owner Eddie Davies a few days before his death to pay off outstanding debt to BluMarble Capital.

The Professional Footballers’ Association stepped in to help pay for November and December’s wages earlier this season, while the players have called for the PFA’s assistance again as February’s salaries were paid late and March wages are still to be paid, three weeks after they were due.

They also held a 48-hour strike earlier this month on behalf of non-playing staff in protest over unpaid wages.

After Bolton were handed a registration embargo in January, owner Ken Anderson became embroiled in a spat with Forest Green Rovers chairman Dale Vince over the collapsed transfer of striker Christian Doidge.

Fans went on to hold a protest against Anderson and his running of the club before and during their home defeat by West Bromwich Albion in January while a consortium backed by Parminder Basran and Sharon Brittan to takeover the club later collapsed in March.

In addition, the club has twice appeared in the High Court after being issued a winding-up petition by HM Revenue & Customs and are due to appear again on 8 May having been granted an adjournment.

As a campaign, which has seen home games almost postponed due to unpaid wages, drew to a close, Bassini was announced to have agreed a deal buy the club on Wednesday.

However their result against a promotion-chasing Aston Villa side ensured the club’s two-season stay in the Championship ended.
Danny Graham converted a penalty for Blackburn after Lewis Travis was fouled Blackburn Rovers picked up their third successive win as a Danny Graham penalty and a Bradley Dack finish helped them beat managerless QPR.

Graham converted from the spot midway through the first half after Lewis Travis was fouled by Josh Scowen.

Dack doubled their lead moments into the second half after Joe Lumley kept out his initial header from an Adam Armstrong cross.

Matt Smith headed in a stoppage-time consolation from Luke Freeman’s cross for Rangers, who are still not mathematically safe with three games to play.

QPR caretaker boss John Eustace will also be concerned over an injury to midfielder Jordan Cousins, who had to be stretchered off in the second half with a serious looking injury.

His side had their chances as Bright Osayi-Samuel twice went close in the first half before Pawel Wszolek also saw an effort well saved by Rovers keeper Jayson Leutwiler.

Rovers climb to 14th, while QPR stay 17th, eight points ahead of Rotherham in the last of the relegation places.
Wigan had to play more than 75 minutes with 10 men after Cedric Kipre’s red card Gavin Massey scored twice as 10-man Wigan dented Leeds United’s automatic promotion hopes by coming from behind to win at Elland Road.

Wigan were a man light after just 14 minutes when Cedric Kipre saw red for handling on the line and although Pablo Hernandez’s penalty hit the post, Patrick Bamford put United ahead shortly after.

However, Massey scored either side of half-time to stun the hosts and move the lowly Latics five points clear of the relegation zone.

Leeds, meanwhile, drop to third, level on points with second-placed Sheffield United but with a goal difference inferior to the Blades by six, with three games remaining.

More to follow.

LGBT People’s Needs Are as Varied as Others Across Pennsylvania

LGBT People's Needs Are as Varied as Others Across Pennsylvania

Thomas Ude Jr. of the Mazzoni Center At Mazzoni Center, we provide a continuum of health, wellness and legal services for people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT). Mazzoni Center’s legal services program helps LGBT people access tools that can protect them and their families. Our resources limit our ability to provide direct representation in matters outside greater Philadelphia, but LGBT people throughout Pennsylvania need legal assistance, many of whom are low-income and many who fear that they will not be able to find the competent and respectful counsel they need. Wherever, and in whatever areas, you practice law, you will likely encounter LGBT clients. With that in mind, I wanted to address some of the realities of the lives of LGBT people, and how the legal community can address those needs. Want to continue reading?
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Mueller report: Subpoena issued for unredacted version

Mueller report: Subpoena issued for unredacted version

The Mueller report – in 60 seconds A subpoena demanding the release of the full report into Russian meddling during the 2016 election has been issued, amid claims the current version "leaves most of Congress in the dark".

Democrat Jerry Nadler, chairman of the House judiciary committee, argued they are entitled to an unredacted version.

Democrats have promised to continue pursuing Donald Trump following the release of the report on Thursday.

But Mr Trump’s legal team argues it completely exonerates the president. Pro-Trump Santas and other Mueller oddities

What’s new in the Mueller report?

The Trump-Russia saga in 350 words

The 448-page redacted document is the result of a 22-month investigation by Robert Mueller, who was appointed to investigate alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election and possible collusion with the Trump campaign.

However, while the report does say the president did not collude with the Russians, it did not come to a firm conclusion on the issue of obstruction of justice.

It also includes large swathes of redactions, which Mr Nadler says "appear to be significant" in revealing how Special Counsel Mueller and his team came to their conclusions What’s in the report?

Mr Mueller’s report says he found no criminal conspiracy between Mr Trump’s campaign and Russia, but could not reach a concrete legal conclusion on whether Mr Trump tried to obstruct the investigation.

"If we had confidence after a thorough investigation of the facts that the president clearly did not commit obstruction of justice, we would so state," the report says. "Based on the facts and the applicable legal standards, we are unable to reach that judgement. Why no charge of obstruction of justice? A law professor breaks down the legal questions. "Accordingly, while this report does not conclude that the president committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him."

The report also reveals: Mr Trump instructed a White House lawyer to try to get Mr Mueller removed over alleged "conflicts of interest", but the lawyer resigned because "he did not plan" to follow the directive

Mr Mueller examined 10 actions by the president in regards to obstruction of justice, which he said largely "took place in public view"

The report says that potential obstruction of justice by the president only failed because members of his administration refused to "carry out orders"

However, about 10% of the report is redacted – which means it may include yet more revelations. What do Democrats say?

Mr Nadler issued the subpoena for the full, unredacted version on Friday, giving the US Attorney General until 1 May to respond.

"My committee needs and is entitled to the full version of the report and the underlying evidence consistent with past practice," Mr Nadler explained.

"The redactions appear to be significant. We have so far seen none of the actual evidence that the Special Counsel developed to make this case.

Democrats had already vowed to call Mr Muller to publicly testify before congress about the work he has done, with Congresswoman Jackie Speier telling the BBC that Mr Mueller had "basically tossed the ball to Congress and said, ‘you need to pursue obstruction of justice here’." We cannot take Attorney General Barr’s word for it. We must read the full Mueller report, and the underlying evidence. This is about transparency and ensuring accountability. https://t.co/eNDgQKJHa8 — (((Rep. Nadler))) (@RepJerryNadler) April 18, 2019 Report

Democrats have also attacked US Attorney-General William Barr, accusing him of "misleading" them with an earlier summary of the report’s findings regarding whether Mr Trump obstructed justice.

Mr Barr held a news conference before the report was made public in which he backed the president. How has Mr Trump responded?

Mr Trump celebrated on Thursday, saying it was a "good day" and that there was "no collusion" and "no obstruction".

But first thing on Friday he took to Twitter to attack "the Crazy Mueller Report" which he said was written by "Angry Democrat Trump Haters" and was "fabricated" and "totally untrue". Who’s who in the Trump-Russia saga?

Mueller: America’s most mysterious public figure

Trump’s other legal headaches

Representatives for the president had earlier reiterated his view that the investigation was a "hoax" and called for reprisal inquiries.

"President Trump has been fully and completely exonerated yet again," Mr Trump’s 2020 campaign manager Brad Parscale said in a statement. Trump on Mueller report: "This should never happen to another president again" "Now the tables have turned, and it’s time to investigate the liars who instigated this sham investigation into President Trump, motivated by political retribution and based on no evidence whatsoever." How have the Russians reacted?

Russia has dismissed the findings of the report, with Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov saying it contained "no new information".

"As a whole the report as before does not present any reasonable proof at all that Russia allegedly meddled in the electoral process in the US," Mr Peskov told reporters on Friday.

LGBTI journalist Lyra McKee shot dead reporting on Northern Ireland riots

LGBTI journalist Lyra McKee shot dead reporting on Northern Ireland riots

Lyra McKee was shot in Northern Ireland while doing her job as a journalist | Photo: LinkedIn A 29-year-old LGBTI journalist has been murdered while reporting on ‘dissident republican activity’ in Londonderry, Northern Ireland.

A masked gunman allegedly shot Lyra McKee to death while she covered riots in Londonderry – also known as Derry – on Thursday (18 April).

Police said a group known as the New IRA ‘are likely to be the ones behind this’.

Cell phone footage shows a masked gunman crouching down and opening fire with a handgun at about 11pm. McKee was wounded as she stood by a police SUV according to police.

‘A single gunman fired shots in a residential area of the city and as a result wounded Ms McKee. Officers quickly administered first aid before transporting her in the back of a landrover to hospital,’ said Assistant Chief Constable Mark Hamilton.

‘Tragically she died from her injuries. At this stage we believe her murder was carried out by a violent dissident republican.’

Hamilton appealed for witnesses to share information with police.

Not long before her murder, McKee tweeted a photo of the riots with the caption ‘Derry tonight. Absolute madness’. A journalist has been killed covering riots in Derry. Her name was Lyra McKee. She was 29. She recently signed a two-book deal with Faber, who called her a “rising star of investigative journalism”. This is her last tweet, sent from the scene of the unrest. pic.twitter.com/0gk1Fa7Du0 — Naomi O’Leary (@NaomiOhReally) April 19, 2019 A star on the rise, shot down

McKee lived in Belfast where she edited media trade publication, Mediagazer. Forbes named her on its 30 under 30 in media list in 2016.

She had published a non-fiction novella about The Troubles in Northern Ireland called Angels with Blue Faces. Publishing house Faber & Faber had also given her a two-book deal, of which the first book The Lost Boys was due for release next year. The Government condemns in the strongest possible terms the fatal shooting of journalist and writer Lyra McKee in Derry. We are all full of sadness after last night’s events.
We cannot allow those who want to propagate violence, fear and hate to drag us back to the past. — Leo Varadkar (@LeoVaradkar) April 19, 2019 The National Union of Journalists (NUJ) described McKee as ‘one of the most promising journalists’ in Northern Ireland.

Hundreds of people have paid tribute to Mckee, including British Prime Minister Theresa May who said she ‘died doing her job with great courage’. New IRA

Police reported an increased in ‘dissident republican activity’. Officer carried out a raid at Londonderry’s Creggan estate on Thursday night looking for weapons.

Law enforcement thought the estate to be a hotspot for the New IRA and police worried about violence breaking out to mark the anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising.

Police blamed the New IRA for McKee’s murder and a for bomb attack at the Derry City Courthouse last year. Violence against journalists on the increase

McKee’s has become the 7th journalist murdered while doing their job in 2019 and the first in the UK. This comes off the back that 2018 was one of the deadliest ever for journalists according to Reporters Without Borders (RSF).

Before her death McKee was actually due to speak at a World Press Freedom Day event for Amnesty International.

‘Lyra was a great young journalist, whose commitment to truth was absolute and whose laughter could light up a room,’ said Patrick Corrigan, Northern Ireland programme director of Amnesty International.

‘The bitter irony was that Lyra was due to speak at an Amnesty International event at the Queen’s Film Theatre in Belfast on 4 May about the dangers of reporting violent conflicts.’

Corrigan went on to say ‘journalists put themselves on the frontline in the battle for truth every single day’.

‘Every day, it becomes more dangerous for reporters to do their job on behalf of us all,’ he said.

‘Lyra McKee was one of those courageous seekers after truth, with a life ahead of her and so much to give.’

A vigil for McKee will be held at the Belfast City Hall at 6pm on Good Friday (19 April). There is also a vigil happening in Dublin at 4pm in Stephen’s Green.