NUJ hold online commemoration of Lyra McKee on the anniversary of her death

In memory of Lyra McKee one year after her death, the National Union of Journalists are holding an online commemoration 'celebrating her life and legacy' under #WeStandWithLyra.

Lyra McKee online commemoration

The National Union of Journalists (NUJ) are asking people to share their memories of writer Lyra McKee as part of an online commemoration marking the first anniversary of the journalist’s death.

Under the hashtag #WeStandWithLyra, the digital commemoration unites people in remembrance and solidarity of the inspiring journalist. At 11am on Saturday, April 18, people can pay tribute to her memory by sharing stories and pictures through online platforms.  

In the announcement of the online commemoration, the NUJ state, “The union plans to mark the anniversary of her needless death in Northern Ireland by celebrating her life and legacy. The union is encouraging members and friends to take part in a symbolic virtual commemoration at 11am on Saturday morning, using social media to highlight the shared values which Lyra embraced under the banner #WeStandWithLyra.”

On April 18 2019, Lyra McKee was fatally shot while reporting on a riot in Derry city’s Creggan estate. The journalist died aged 29. Recognised widely for her work as an investigative reporter and writer, her passing has been deeply felt within her communities. 

In April 2020, Faber Books published a collection of McKee’s writings in a book entitled Lost, Found, Remembered. Former partner to the journalist, Sara Canning, celebrated the release on Twitter, “Happy publication day my brilliant, beautiful, amazing love. I wish you were here to see this. I miss you every day.”

The book Lost, Found, Remembered “showcases the expansive breadth of McKee’s voice by bringing together unpublished material alongside both her celebrated and lesser-known articles. Released in time for the anniversary of her death, it reveals the sheer scope of McKee’s intellectual, political, and radically humane engagement with the world – and lets her spirit live on in her own words.”

The legacy and life of the investigative journalist continues to inspire phenomenal social change. The first same-sex couple to be married in Northern Ireland honoured her memory by sharing a poignant moment in front of her Belfast mural. Amnesty director Patrick Corrigan shared the image on Twitter with the caption, “Lyra was right.”

During this time when people cannot physically come together, this online commemoration will unite communities in solidarity and remembrance for the incredible life of Lyra McKee.

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