The journalists — nine men and one woman — represented all journalists who died while covering the news in 2013.
“We are but the caretakers and guardians of the memorial on behalf of those who need no such construct to confirm their examples of courage and self-sacrifice,” said Gene Policinski, CEO of the Newseum Institute and senior vice president of the Newseum Institute’s First Amendment Center. “We cannot add to the laurels these men and women have brought to themselves — each stands on their own accomplishment and has made the ultimate sacrifice.”
Kathleen Carroll, senior vice president and executive editor at The Associated Press, was the keynote speaker. She lamented the rising number of journalists who are killed “for doing what so many take for granted,” and the annual ceremony that honors them.
“Over and over, we are called here to grieve,” she said.
Carroll explained to the family, friends and colleagues of the fallen journalists why they repeatedly put themselves in danger, despite intimidation and death threats.
“Journalists are proxies for citizens; proxies for threats to those citizens,” she said. The men and women on the memorial “believed in facts and truth and the cleansing power of truth.”
With this year’s addition of 10 names from 2013, the memorial will honor a total of 2,256 reporters, photographers, broadcasters and news executives from around the world, dating back to 1837.