May 23, 2017
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
João Miranda do Carmo
Hassan al-Anbaki and Saif Talal
Marcos Hernández Bautista
Sagal Salad Osman
Mustafa Abdul Hassa
Mohammed Marwan al-Issa
Samer Mohammed Aboud
Sami Jawdat Rabah
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].