Fallen Journalists Honored at Newseum (photos)
In a solemn ceremony , the names of 82 journalists who died covering the news in 2012 as well as six who died in previous years were added to the Newseum’s Journalist Memorial on Monday, May 13, in the Journalists Memorial Gallery.
Six additional journalists who died in previous years and were brought to the Newseum's attention in 2012 were also recognized. Their names have been added to a separate panel in the memorial, and their stories are included in the interactive kiosks in the gallery.
The keynote speaker was Richard Engel, chief foreign correspondent for NBC News. Engel and several members of his crew were kidnapped in Syria last December. In his remarks, Engel said he feared his own name would be added to the list of fallen journalists honored on the memorial. Said Engel: “Journalist take risks ... to understand the world and how it changes.” The honored journalists died “doing what they loved....They died in the line of duty with their boots on, with their pencils in hand and they should be remembered and celebrated and honored for that.”
With this year's addition of 88 names from 2012 and previous years, the memorial will honor a total of 2,244 reporters, photographers, editors, broadcasters and news executives from around the world, dating back to 1837.
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