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May 16, 2018

Newseum to Add 18 Journalists Killed in 2017 to Journalists Memorial on June 4

Front Pages Display Will Go Dark in Fourth Annual #WithoutNews Campaign to Raise Awareness of Threats to Journalists

WASHINGTON — On Monday, June 4, at 10 a.m., the Newseum will rededicate its Journalists Memorial, which recognizes men and women who were killed while reporting the news. The names of 18 journalists will be added to the memorial to represent all those who died in pursuit of the news in 2017. CBS News foreign correspondent Holly Williams will deliver keynote remarks during the ceremony.

This year, eight of the 18 journalists who will be added to the memorial are women. The Committee to Protect Journalists reports that 46 journalists were killed on the job in 2017, and eight of them — or 17 percent — were women. That marks an unusual increase over previous years, when women represented 7 percent, on average, of the journalists who died reporting the news.

“Some of these women were killed covering news in war zones,” said Cathy Trost, executive director of the Freedom Forum Institute. “Others were brutally murdered for reporting stories that challenged the powerful. All the journalists recognized on this memorial this year faced unprecedented dangers as they worked to report the news, often in countries where press freedom is imperiled or nonexistent.”

Also on June 4, the Newseum will black out its Today Front Pages exhibit as part of its annual #WithoutNews campaign. The social media campaign encourages the public to consider what the world would be like without journalists to report the news, and raises awareness of threats to journalists around the world.

With the addition of 18 journalists this year, the Journalists Memorial bears the names of 2,323 reporters, photographers, broadcasters and news executives from around the world, dating back to 1837. The journalists being recognized at this year’s rededication are:

Mohamed Abazied
Nabd Syria and Syrian Media Organization
In Syria
Christopher Iban Lozada
DBXF Prime Broadcasting Network
In the Philippines
Christopher Allen
Freelance
In South Sudan
Hawker Faisal Mohammed
Hawar News Agency
In Syria
Nikolai Andrushchenko
Novy Peterburg
In Russia
Yameen Rasheed
The Daily Panic
In Maldives
Sudip Dutta Bhaumik
Syandan Patrika
In India
Véronique Robert
#5Bis Productions
In Iraq
Miroslava Breach Velducea
La Jornada
In Mexico
Arkan Sharifi
Kurdistan TV
In Iraq
Daphne Caruana Galizia
Running Commentary
In Malta
Javier Valdez Cárdenas
Ríodoce
In Mexico
Shifa Gardi
Rudaw TV
In Iraq
María Efigenia Vásquez Astudillo
Renacer Kokonuko
In Colombia
Dilshan Ibash
Hawar News Agency
In Syria
Stéphane Villeneuve
#5Bis Productions
In Iraq
Gauri Lankesh
Gauri Lankesh Patrike
In India
Kim Wall
Freelance
In Denmark

 

NOTE TO EDITORS: Journalists interested in attending the June 4 ceremony should RSVP to media@newseum.org.

About the Newseum

The mission of the Newseum, located in Washington, D.C., is to increase public understanding of the importance of a free press and the First Amendment. Visitors experience the story of news, the role of a free press in major events in history, and how the core freedoms of the First Amendment — religion, speech, press, assembly and petition — apply to their lives. Considered one of the most interactive museums in the world, the Newseum has seven levels with 15 galleries and 15 theaters. The Newseum also reaches millions of students through its robust offering of on-site classes and workshops. The Newseum is a 501(c)(3) public charity funded by generous individuals, corporations and foundations, including its principal funder, the Freedom Forum. For more information, visit newseum.org and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Press Contacts

Sonya Gavankar
202/292-6200
sgavankar@newseum.org

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