Newseum: Rededication of the Journalists Memorial - June 6, 2016
Family, friends and fellow journalists gathered in the Newseum’s Journalists Memorial June 6 to recognize 20 men and women from 11 countries who were killed in 2015 while covering the news and whose names were added to the memorial.
In 2014, the Newseum revised its selection process for the Journalists Memorial and now selects a representative group of reporters whose deaths illustrate the dangers journalists face around the world. International organizations that work to protect journalists say more than 100 were killed while reporting the news in 2015. A list of their names can be found in the kiosks in the memorial.
Gérard Araud, ambassador of France to the United States, was the keynote speaker. On Jan. 7, 2015, two masked gunmen with ties to al-Qaida terrorists stormed into the Paris offices of French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo and killed eight journalists, including the newspaper’s editor and cartoonist Stéphane Charbonnier, two columnists, a copy editor and four other cartoonists.
Araud lamented the deaths at Charlie Hebdo and the lasting impact they had on France and the world.
“France doesn’t just pay lip service to freedom of the press, it works to make it a reality,” he said. “We are facing a major terrorist threat. We are doing our best to protect the values of our citizens.”