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No Stone Unturned, Saturday, February 23, 7pm, Auditorium, Irish American Heritage Center

Two journalists facing charges in Northern Ireland over their involvement in telling the tale of what happened after a massacre during the 1994 World Cup are coming to Chicago for a screening of the Alex Gibney-directed film about the murders and the aftermath.
Trevor  Birney, the producer of No Stone Unturned, and Barry McCaffrey, the journalist who played a key role in breaking the story, are accused under the British Official Secrets Act of handling stolen documents.
 
They were arrested last August during early morning raids involving approximately 100 police officers in an operation managed by Durham Police of the North of England. Birney was arrested in front of his wife and three daughters, while documents and computers were seized from both men. Some of the material seized contains sensitive information about other investigations entirely unrelated to No Stone Unturned. They were questioned for multiple hours following the arrests, and again in November.
 
Gibney, the director of Academy Award-winning Taxi to the Dark Side, Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room, Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God, and Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer, among many other works, is also wanted for questioning.
 
The two journalists face further questioning Mar. 1. Both will be in attendance for a screening of No Stone Unturned at the Irish American Heritage Center on Saturday, Feb. 23. The long time attorney for the families of the victims, Niall Murphy, will also be in Chicago for the screening.
 
Six people were killed and five injured when a gunman and an accomplice, later identified as members of the loyalist UVF, entered the Heights Bar in Loughinisland, a small village in Co. Down. The massacre happened during the Ireland-Italy World Cup game, which was being played in New York.
 
The gunman shouted "Fenian bastards," then fired approximately sixty rounds from an automatic weapon at the bar customers and staff. Most of the rounds hit the victims in the back.
 
The families have been fighting for years to learn the truth about the killings and why no-one was ever charged.
 
No Stone Unturned digs deep into the aftermath of the murders, investigating how and why the killer and his accomplices were able to escape justice and punishment.
 
The film names those police believe carried out the attack, and reveals evidence that they  were protected by police through incompetence and by deliberate decision, but also tells the wider story of collusion between the security forces and paramilitaries during the decades-long conflict in the North of Ireland.
 
No-one has ever been charged with the murders. The only people facing any charges in connection with the massacre are Birney and McCaffrey, who received documents from an unknown source that allowed the team to unearth much of the troubling tale.
 
Birney said, "Barry and I are humbled by the support we’ve received from around the world but particularly from America.
 
"Our arrests are still a shock for us, our families and colleagues. Twenty years after the Good Friday Agreement, it was a draconian police operation designed to send a chill factor to any journalist investigating Northern Ireland’s past.
 
"Barry and I look forward to taking our film to Chicago and to meeting old and new friends. We are very thankful to Meg Buchanan and everyone at the Irish American Heritage Center for making this screening happen. "
 
No Stone Unturned, Saturday, February 23, 7pm, Auditorium, Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 N. Knox Avenue - tickets $5 in advance at irish-american.org or $7 at the door
 

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