Today, 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 5th rededication ceremony marks the one-year anniversary of Gilkey’s death. On this day the Newseum will also unveil a display of items Gilkey used during his reporting trips.
“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 exhibit as part of the third annual #WithoutNews campaign. The social media campaign raises 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 in our digital database.
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
SAD Sem Censura
Hassan al-Anbaki and Saif Talal
Marcos Hernández Bautista
Noticias Voz e Imagen de Oaxaca
Sagal Salad Osman
Mustafa Abdul Hassa
Shaam News Network
Mohammed Marwan al-Issa
Al-Nateq News Network
Samer Mohammed Aboud
Free Deir al-Zour Radio
Sami Jawdat Rabah
Syrian Observatory for Human Rights
Ukrainska Pravda and Radio Vesti