#WeStandWithLyra: Virtual tributes to mark anniversary of McKee killing

#WeStandWithLyra: Virtual tributes to mark anniversary of McKee killing

18/04/2020 0 By Admin

On Saturday 18 April at 11 am NUJ members will join in solidarity and remembrance to mark the 1st anniversary of the killing of journalist and NUJ member Lyra McKee. 

The union plans to mark the anniversary of her needless death in Northern Ireland by celebrating her life and legacy. We invite media organisations, trade unionists, civil society leaders and members of the public to join with us as they did so effectively following her killing. 

The union is encouraging members and friends to take part in a symbolic virtual commemoration at 11 am on Saturday morning, using social media to highlight the shared values which Lyra embraced under the banner #WeStandWithLyra 

The NUJ has asked media workers to share examples of Lyra’s journalism, tributes, memories and pictures on Saturday morning. In a statement Séamus Dooley said:

In the current circumstances we will gather through social media, which she used so effectively, to celebrate Lyra’s legacy of hope and optimism. We are asking members to take time at 11 am to remember Lyra. Her partner and family will be in our thoughts as  the NUJ community unites under the banner ‘WeStandWithLyra.’ That slogan remains relevant; Lyra’s positive spirit serves as an inspiration in these dark days.