On Monday, May 4, 2020, the Freedom Forum adds the stories of 11 men and women to its Journalists Memorial to represent all journalists who died or were killed while reporting the news in 2019.
COVID-19 precautions forced the cancellation of a public ceremony, but the list of journalists being added this year, their stories and a video of keynote remarks by Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Carol Guzy are available at www.freedomforum.org.
Also, on May 4, no newspapers will be displayed on the Today’s Front Pages website or app. In their place will be blacked-out pages featuring the hashtag #WithoutNews. This annual #WithoutNews campaign encourages people to consider what a world without journalists to report the news would look like.
The Freedom Forum’s Journalists Memorial honors journalists who lost their lives in the pursuit of truth. The 11 journalists who died in 2019 are now part of the memorial’s database, which tells the stories of 2,355 reporters, photographers, broadcasters and other media workers who died while reporting news and information, dating back to 1837.
Around the world, journalists place themselves in peril every day. Sometimes, they pay with their lives for doing their jobs. Some are deliberately targeted, while others get too close to danger. Today, the risks journalists face include the threat of illness and death for those on the front lines of reporting the coronavirus pandemic. International organizations that work to protect journalists say more than 40 journalists were killed reporting the news in 2019.
The Freedom Forum has long been dedicated to educating the public about the importance of journalism and the dangers faced by its practitioners just for doing their jobs. With the closing of the Newseum and its Journalists Memorial gallery in 2019, the Freedom Forum is working with the Fallen Journalists Memorial Foundation to establish a permanent public memorial to honor fallen journalists in Washington, D.C.
“We believe it is time for a national memorial on public land that will commemorate journalists who have sacrificed their lives to pursue the news,” said Jan Neuharth, chair and CEO of the Freedom Forum. “We are joining with the Fallen Journalists Memorial Foundation to ensure that our country has a national commemorative memorial to journalists in our nation’s capital.”
Barbara Cochran, president of the Fallen Journalists Memorial Foundation, said, “For 24 years, the Freedom Forum has honored fallen journalists annually and has created an archive of their stories that serves as a legacy and inspiration for all who value a free press. We are honored to support them as they announce the 2019 representatives. We are also proud to have the Freedom Forum’s support in working to build a public memorial in the nation’s capital to commemorate journalists who died in pursuit of the truth.”
The journalists recognized this year include:
Ahmed Hussein-Suale Divela
Tiger Eye Private Investigations
Radio Panic FM, Radio Mega
Leonardo Gabriel Hernández
Hisham Fares Al-Adhami
Norma Sarabia Garduza
Tabasco Hoy, Diario Presente
Hawar News Agency (ANHA)
Mohammed Hussein Rasho
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