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Remembering Martin O’Hagan

Martin O'Hagan was murdered on the evening of Friday 28 September 2001 in front of his wife near his home in Lurgan. The Sunday World journalist was Secretary of Belfast and District branch and had attended a branch meeting earlier that day.

Twenty years later, NUJ members and officials are still asking questions. In summary: why has the investigation produced no results and received so little attention? On 18 May the Council of Europe media freedom office called for a renewed inquiry, noting that "it has long been suspected that those who ordered his killing were paid police informants linked to the Loyalist Volunteer Force." (The Council of Europe is the 47-member-state body that oversees the European Convention on Human Rights and the UK is still one of those member states.)

Belfast and District Branch of the NUJ is marking the anniversary with a vigil at 11am on 28 September outside the Police Ombudsman's Office, which is at New Cathedral Buildings, Writers' Square, 11 Church Street, Belfast BT1 1PG.

NUJ General Secretary Michelle Stanistreet is also due to address the Belfast and District Branch meeting on the evening of 27 September.

Martin O'Hagan, killed on 28 September 2001

Martin O'Hagan attending the trade union event to mark May Day 2001

Michelle said on 24 September: "Martin was killed because he, as a dogged, determined investigative journalist, knew too much. The widespread belief that those who murdered Martin were informers, or linked to informers and thus protected, is sadly not a far-fetched theory." See the link below.

Please see the links below for background.