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May 23, 2017

Newseum to Add 14 Journalists to Its Journalists Memorial During June 5 Rededication

Third Annual #WithoutNews Campaign Aims to Raise Awareness of Threats to Journalists

WASHINGTON — On Monday, June 5, 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 14 journalists will be added to the memorial to represent all those who died in pursuit of the news in 2016.

Michael Oreskes, senior vice president of news and editorial director for NPR, will deliver keynote remarks at the ceremony. Among the journalists to be featured on the memorial is NPR photojournalist David Gilkey, who was killed in an attack by the Taliban while covering the war in Afghanistan. The June 5 rededication ceremony marks the one-year anniversary of Gilkey’s death. The Newseum will also unveil a display of items Gilkey used during his reporting trips, including press passes, a hat, a silver bracelet and a camera lens, which was struck by a rubber bullet while Gilkey was covering clashes between Palestinian demonstrators and Israeli soldiers in the West Bank.

“Journalists last year faced unprecedented dangers as they strove to report the news, often in countries where press freedom is imperiled or nonexistent,” said Gene Policinski, chief operating officer of the Newseum Institute. “The journalists recognized on this memorial laid down their lives in their effort to serve the public, many of them continuing to work after being attacked or facing death threats.”

Also on June 5, the Newseum will black out its popular Today’s Front Pages displays as part of the third annual #WithoutNews campaign. The social media campaign aims to raise awareness of the threats to journalists around the world by encouraging people to consider what their world would be like without journalists to bring them the news.

A complete list of the journalists whose names are inscribed on the memorial is available at the digital kiosks in the Newseum’s Journalists Memorial Gallery.

With this year’s addition of 14 journalists, the memorial bears the names of 2,305 reporters, photographers, broadcasters and news executives from around the world, dating back to 1837. The journalists being recognized at this year’s rededication are:

David Gilkey and Zabihullah Tamanna
National Public Radio
In Afghanistan

João Miranda do Carmo
SAD Sem Censura
In Brazil

Karun Misra
Jansandesh Times
In India

Hassan al-Anbaki and Saif Talal
In Iraq

Jeroen Oerlemans
In Libya

Marcos Hernández Bautista
Noticias Voz e Imagen de Oaxaca
In Mexico

Sagal Salad Osman
Radio Mogadishu
In Somalia

Mustafa Abdul Hassa
Shaam News Network
In Syria

Mohammed Marwan al-Issa
Al-Nateq News Network
In Syria

Samer Mohammed Aboud
Free Deir al-Zour Radio
In Syria

Sami Jawdat Rabah
Syrian Observatory for Human Rights
In Syria

Pavel Sheremet
Ukrainska Pravda and Radio Vesti
In Ukraine

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.

NOTE TO EDITORS: Journalists interested in attending the June 5 ceremony should RSVP to [email protected].

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