Human Rights Commission comments on the death of Lyra McKee

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Chief Commissioner Les Allamby commented:

“The Human Rights Commission is deeply saddened by the recent death of Lyra McKee. Freedom of the press is a fundamental human right. Journalists must have protection to report on issues of public importance. Our thoughts are with Lyra’s partner, family and friends at this time.”

Further information:

For further information please contact Claire Martin on: (028) 9024 3987 or by email on

Notes to editors

The NI Human Rights Commission is a statutory public body established in 1999 to promote and protect human rights. In accordance with the Paris Principles the Commission reviews the adequacy and effectiveness of measures undertaken by the UK Government to promote and protect human rights, specifically within Northern Ireland (NI).

20 Apr 2019