World Press Freedom Day is celebrated May 3 around the world. The Newseum has partnered with the Remembering Fallen Journalists +Social Good campaign to remember fallen journalists who have died while bearing witness.
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The Newseum’s Journalists Memorial recognizes more than 2,000 journalists who have died reporting the news since 1837. Hundreds have died covering wars or other dangerous assignments, and many others have been targeted for murder in retaliation for their reporting.
Earlier this year, Diane Foley and Debra Tice spoke at the Newseum about threats to journalism and press freedom around the world. Foley’s son, James, a freelance photojournalist, was killed by ISIS terrorists in August 2014. Tice’s son, Austin, a freelance journalist, was kidnapped in Syria in 2012 and has been missing for nearly 1,000 days.
A new section in the Newseum’s Time Warner World News Gallery features artifacts and stories about Foley, Tice, and Steven Sotloff, who was executed by ISIS terrorists two weeks after Foley was killed. The gallery also features a 35-foot wide world map depicting the state of press freedom around the world. On April 29, the Newseum hosted a press conference with Freedom House to unveil and discuss changes in world press freedom in 2014.