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May 25, 2016

Newseum to Host Annual Journalists Memorial Rededication June 6

Memorial Recognizes Journalists Killed While Reporting the News

WASHINGTON — On Monday, June 6, at 10 a.m., the Newseum will rededicate its Journalists Memorial, which recognizes men and women who died or were killed while reporting the news. The names of 20 journalists will be added to the memorial to represent all those who died in pursuit of the news in 2015.

Gérard Araud, ambassador of France to the United States, will deliver keynote remarks during the ceremony. The largest single attack on journalists in 2015 took place at the offices of the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris.

“To report the news, journalists face injury and threats, and some pay the ultimate sacrifice to hold governments and others accountable,” said Gene Policinski, chief operating officer of the Newseum Institute. “Each year, the rededication of the Journalists Memorial reminds us of the sacrifices made by journalists around the world and of the real, continual threats to press freedom.”

A complete list of journalists is available in the digital kiosks in the Newseum’s Journalists Memorial Gallery.

With this year’s addition of 20 journalists, the memorial bears the names of 2,291 reporters, photographers, broadcasters and news executives from around the world, dating back to 1837. The journalists being recognized at this year’s rededication are:

Ibrahim Abd al-Qader
Eye on the Homeland and Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently
In Turkey

Yahya Abdul Hamid
Radio Rasheed
In Iraq

Soleil Balanga
Monkoto Soso Eleli
In the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Jean Cabut
Charlie Hebdo
In France

Gleydson Carvalho
Rádio Liberdade
In Brazil

Elsa Cayat
Charlie Hebdo
In France

Stéphane Charbonnier
Charlie Hebdo
In France

Rubén Espinosa Becerril
Proceso
In Mexico

Kenji Goto
Independent Press
In Syria

Fares Hamadi
Eye on the Homeland
In Turkey

Philippe Honoré
Charlie Hebdo
In France

Bernard Maris
Charlie Hebdo
In France

Zaman Mehsud
Daily Ummat and Daily Nai Baat
In Pakistan

Hindia Haji Mohamed
Radio Mogadishu and Somali National TV
In Somalia

Mustapha Ourrad
Charlie Hebdo
In France

Alison Parker
WDBJ-TV
In the United States

Avijit Roy
Mukto-Mona
In Bangladesh

Bernard Verlhac
Charlie Hebdo
In France

Adam Ward
WDBJ-TV
In the United States

Georges Wolinski
Charlie Hebdo
In France

Visit newseum.org/rededication for photos of the journalists being honored.

The Newseum dedicated the Journalists Memorial on April 4, 2008, one week before the Newseum’s grand opening on Pennsylvania Avenue. A previous memorial was displayed in Freedom Park at the Newseum’s former site in Arlington, Va. The Journalists Memorial Gallery features hundreds of photographs of the listed journalists as well as kiosks where information on each person can be viewed. A database of the journalists honored in previous years is available at newseum.org/journalistsmemorial.

NOTE TO EDITORS: Journalists interested in attending the June 6 ceremony should RSVP to media@newseum.org.

About the Freedom Forum Institute

The Freedom Forum Institute is the education and outreach partner of the Freedom Forum and the Newseum. The Institute includes the First Amendment Center, the Religious Freedom Center, the Newseum’s education department and diversity and inclusion programs. The Freedom Forum Institute’s affiliate organizations include the Al Neuharth Media Center at the University of South Dakota; the Overby Center for Southern Journalism and Politics at the University of Mississippi; and the John Seigenthaler Center at Vanderbilt University. The Freedom Forum Institute is a 501(c)(3) public charity funded by generous individuals, corporations and foundations, including its principal funder, the Freedom Forum.

Press Contacts

Jonathan Thompson
202/292-6353
jothompson@newseum.org