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Murdered crime journalist Veronica Guerin's legacy recalled at ceremony

By Edel O'Connell

Crusading crime journalist Veronica Guerin was remembered yesterday in a special ceremony to honour journalists who have died in the line of duty.

The National Union of Journalists (NUJ) and Amnesty International Ireland stressed the "vital role" of freedom of expression as they marked World Press Freedom Day.

Representatives from the groups laid a wreath at the Veronica Guerin Memorial at Dublin Castle in memory of all journalists killed in the course of their work.

The 'Sunday Independent' crime reporter was murdered on June 26, 1996, an event which -- alongside the murder of Detective Garda Jerry McCabe three weeks earlier -- led to the establishment of the Criminal Assets Bureau.

NUJ Irish secretary Seamus Dooley said that like Ms Guerin, most journalists killed while working died "not in distant war zones, but at home".

NUJ vice president Barry McCall called on people to remember that 62 journalists were killed carrying out their duties last year.

He said: "It is our duty to ensure that each of those journalists is remembered. In Ireland, we know the pain felt by the murders of Martin O'Hagan ('Sunday World') and Veronica Guerin, both NUJ members committed to the highest principles of journalism."

Jim Boumelha, Beth Costa and Stephen Pearce -- president, general secretary and deputy general secretary respectively of the International Federation of Journalists -- also attended the event.

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