Newseum Rededicates Journalists Memorial at Monday Ceremony


Monday at the Newseum, its staff and media came together to rededicate its Journalists Memorial in honor of ten journalists who died or were killed in the pursuit of news during 2013. 

“I don’t really think the world is aware of the sacrifices that journalists make,” said Gene Policinski, chief operating officer of the Newseum Institute. “Not just those who died, but those who are imprisioned, intimidated, beaten, prevented by other means from doing their job, their operations are shut down, and the memorial is a way of taking this hyperexample of those who died, and saying to the world, ‘Think about this for a minute. There’s plenty in journalism to criticize. There’s plenty in journalism to say, it could be better,’ but there’s also an amazing cadre of people around the world who go up against things none of us will face in our regular life, and they do it on a daily basis, or on a weekly or monthly basis. They go out, put themselves in danger, to bring us news and information, and the world needs to be reminded of that every year.”

20140609_103126-1With this year’s addition of 10 names from 2013, the memorial holds the names of 2,256 reporters, photographers, broadcasters and news executives from around the world, dating back to 1837. Its gallery features hundreds of photographs of the listed journalists as well as informational kiosks.

The 10 journalists recognized at this year’s rededication were:

Akhmednabi Akhmednabiyev (Novoye Delo, in Russia)

Yasser Faisal al-Jumaili (Freelance, in Syria)

Mikhail Beketov (Khimkinskaya Pravda, in Russia)

Mick Deane (Sky News, in Egypt)

Ghislaine Dupont (Radio France Internationale, in Mali)

Rodrigo Neto (Rádio Vanguarda and Vale do Aço, in Brazil)

Sai Reddy (Deshbandhu, in India)

Fernando Solijon (DXLS Love Radio, in the Philippines)

Claude Verlon (Radio France Internationale, in Mali)

Olivier Voisin (Freelance, in Syria)