Foley, Sotloff among journalists to be recognized at Journalists Memorial Rededication

Kathy Gannon

Kathy Gannon (The Associated Press)

The Newseum rededicates its Journalists Memorial Monday, June 8, at 10 a.m. in an annual ceremony that recognizes men and women who died or were killed in the pursuit of news. The names of 14 journalists will be added to the memorial to represent all journalists who died covering the news in 2014. The ceremony is open to Newseum visitors and will be live streamed.

Associated Press correspondent Kathy Gannon is the keynote speaker at this year’s ceremony. Gannon was seriously wounded in 2014 when an Afghan police commander opened fire on her vehicle, and her colleague, photographer Anja Niedringhaus, was killed in the attack. Niedringhaus’ name will be added to the memorial during the ceremony.

Also among the journalists whose names are being added to the memorial are James Foley and Steven Sotloff, both of whom were killed in Syria last year while working as freelance journalists. The Newseum’s Time Warner World News Gallery on reporting in conflict zones tells their stories and includes artifacts from both journalists. Foley’s mother, Diane, was a guest at a Newseum panel on terrorism and press freedom along with Debra Tice, whose son, Austin, was kidnapped in Syria in 2012 and remains missing.

According to the Committee to Protect Journalists and Reporters Without Borders, more than 80 journalists died reporting the news in 2014. With this year’s addition of 14 journalists, the memorial bears the names of 2,271 reporters, photographers, broadcasters and news executives from around the world, dating back to 1837.

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