Loughinisland journalist Barry McCaffrey says arrests left mark on him
AN AWARD-winning Belfast journalist, arrested in an investigation where the case against him recently collapsed, says the experience has left a mark on him.
Barry McCaffrey said he will not be the same again after he was arrested last August along with his colleague Trevor Birney.
The two journalists were arrested over the alleged theft of a police watchdog document that appeared in their film No Stone Unturned about the loyalist massacre in Loughinisland.
.@alexgibneyfilm tells @qnewsdesk he’s ‘astounded & disappointed’ at police response to his ‘No Stone Unturned’ documentary, revealing alleged collusion in the 1994 Loughinisland killings. The film resulted in controversial arrests of Journalists @trevorbirney & Barry McCaffrey. pic.twitter.com/0th9cxozxA— David Hunter (@davidhunter7) June 13, 2019
Mr McCaffrey was speaking at the Docs Ireland Film Festival event called Freedom of the Press: Are investigative journalists safe to work in Ireland, at the Ulster Museum in Belfast.
“It’s like a death, you go through all the emotions, you’ve got the anger, you’ve got the guilt, the guilt about what you are doing to your family, Trevor’s children had to watch him being arrested, my mother who battled cancer,” he told the event.
“We were big enough and bold enough, we knew the risks we were going through, but it was stress and the hassle that you put your family through, to me, that’s the guilt for me.”
The Lord Chief Justice in NI ruled search warrants used to seize material from the Journalists was ‘inappropriate’ and the criminal case against them was dropped. Some have been critical of police, but I asked Mr.Gibney if they were simply doing their job? pic.twitter.com/cwu24dbPrf— David Hunter (@davidhunter7) June 13, 2019
‘No Stone Unturned’ Director Alex Gibney describes where he was when he found out two NI Journalists had been arrested for their role in his documentary looking at the 1994 Loughinisland Massacre, saying he was also under consideration for arrest. Speaking @DocsIreland yesterday. pic.twitter.com/OqZoI2jGSy— David Hunter (@davidhunter7) June 13, 2019