Kathryn Johnston

Kathryn Johnston

Kathryn Johnston is an author, broadcaster, freelance journalist and political activist.

Catherine Ferrin talks to VIEW about her role in helping women suffering domestic abuse

Catherine Ferrin, team leader for Outreach Services for Belfast and Lisburn Women’s Aid, talks to journalist Kathryn Johnston about her role in helping women who are suffering domestic violence.“Remember years ago when people wore rubber bands with ‘What Would Jesus Do?’ written on them? A woman suffering domestic violence has an invisible rubber band on…

Garda rejects Kincora probe author’s request for Mountbatten files

Garda Commissioner Drew Harris has refused an author’s request to view Garda security logs of Northern Ireland-registered cars which travelled between Belfast and Classiebawn Castle in Co Sligo, the late Earl Mountbatten’s summer home.Andrew Lownie, author of The Mountbattens: Their Lives And Loves, has told the Belfast Telegraph that Mr Harris, a former senior PSNI…

We all knew that one day Lyra McKee would make international headlines but never could any of us have imagined that those headlines would tell how she was cut down in the line of duty to become the latest victim of the Troubles

The Cold Case Detectives by Lyra McKee Lyra McKee is a freelance journalist and writer Every story has a beginning, a middle, and an end. So does this one. It can be summarised as a bullet, a bullet, and a bullet.This was Lyra McKee’s foreword to a collection of essays called ‘Paper Trailers’ – a…

That’s me in the corner… well, tagged on at the end anyway.

Conference explores human rights and journalism If Friday’s session “Human Rights and Journalism” proved nothing else, it confirmed the deficits among media both here and abroad, particularly when it comes to reporting women and minority groups.The Friday discussion was part of the three-day Greater Kansas City Peacebuilding Conference. The theme this year was “Human Rights:…

HIA compensation dead in a ditch

HIA abuse compensation dead in a ditchBoris Johnson made a commitment in the Queen’s Speech to introduce legislation to provide compensation for Northern Ireland’s Historical Institutional Abuse victims. Now Jacob Rees-Mogg says there may not be time before Parliament is dissolved on Monday. Kincora victims were recently told they would have to wait 66 years…

When Margaret Thatcher became Prime Minister in May 1979, Martin McGuinness promised her a ‘long, hot summer’ … the IRA chief of staff had already identified his target: Lord Mountbatten

But a new book suggests the threat to the 70-year-old earl was well-known and key flaws in his security handed his killers their opportunityForty years ago today, Martin McGuinness, chief of staff of the IRA since 1978, was on the verge of realising the ambition he had vowed to fulfil when he took command. He…

Where you are tender you speak your plural

Where you are tender, you speak your plural. Roland Barthes Last month I went to an early afternoon debate at Duncairn Arts Centre.  The panel were Danny Morrison, Conall Parr, Rosemary Jenkinson, Laurence McKeown, chaired by BBC journalist Tori Watson. The Arts of War was an outreach special as part of Feile. Jamie Bryson was…