Fo­ley among fallen jour­nal­ists hon­ored in US

The China Post - - INTERNATIONAL -

Four­teen jour­nal­ists killed cov­er­ing the news in 2014 — in­clud­ing two ex­e­cuted by Is­lamic mil­i­tants in Syria — were rec­og­nized Mon­day by the U.S. New­seum, which added their names to its Wash­ing­ton jour­nal­ists’ me­mo­rial.

Among those hon­ored were pho­to­jour­nal­ist James Fo­ley, a free­lancer who had re­ported for Glob­alPost, Agence France-Presse and other out­lets from Afghanistan, Libya and Syria, and Steven Sot­loff, an Amer­i­can-Is­raeli jour­nal­ist who had worked for Time and the Chris­tian Science Mon­i­tor.

With the 14 names, the me­mo­rial will rec­og­nize a to­tal of 2,271 re­porters, pho­tog­ra­phers, broad­cast­ers and news ex­ec­u­tives from around the world, dat­ing back to 1837.

“It is right, and just, that we pause to­day in our busy lives to re­mem­ber what th­ese jour­nal­ists did, and why they did it,” Peter Prichard, chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer of the New­seum, said at a cer­e­mony at the news me­dia mu­seum.

Left Their Mark

John Fo­ley, fa­ther of James Fo­ley, said his son and Sot­loff suf­fered “hor­rific deaths” but that John “left his mark as a won­der­ful hu­man be­ing at­tempt­ing to de­fend our right to know, one per­son at a time.”

For the first time in the New­seum’s seven-year his­tory in Wash­ing­ton, the “To­day’s Front Pages” ex­hibit was blacked out for the day to raise aware­ness of the threats jour­nal­ists face.

Gene Policin­ski, chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer of the New­seum In­sti­tute, said the me­mo­rial is a way to ac­knowl­edge the jour­nal­ists’ sac­ri­fices.

“We are but the care­tak­ers and guardians of this Me­mo­rial on be­half of those who ul­ti­mately re­quire no such con­struct to con­firm their courage and he said.

The 11 men and three women hon­ored rep­re­sent the more than 80 jour­nal­ists who died while cov­er­ing the news in 2014, ac­cord­ing to the New­seum.

Key­note speaker Kathy Gan­non of the As­so­ci­ated Press un­der­scored the dan­gers faced by jour­nal­ists as she re­called the death of the AP col­league Anja Niedring­haus, killed in an attack in Afghanistan that left Gan­non in­jured.

“As jour­nal­ists, we join this pro­fes­sion be­cause we are cu­ri­ous. We who go off to con­flict ar­eas are sat­is­fy­ing that cu­rios­ity to un­der­stand the why and how of war, and most es­pe­cially, the who of those caught in the mid­dle — the peo­ple,” she said.

The other jour­nal­ists rec­og­nized were Yusuf Ahmed Abukar of Ra­dio Ergo and Mus­taqbal Ra­dio, killed in So­ma­lia; Muf­tah Bu Zeid

self-sac­ri­fice,” of Brnieq, killed in Libya; Si­mone Camilli of the As­so­ci­ated Press, killed in Gaza; Michel du Cille of The Wash­ing­ton Post, who died in Liberia; Rubylita Garcia of Re­mate and dwA, killed in the Philip­pines; Nils Horner of Sveriges Ra­dio, killed in Afghanistan; free­lancer Camille Lepage, killed in Cen­tral African Repub­lic; Ir­shad Mas­toi of On­line In­ter­na­tional News Net­work and ARY News; killed in Pak­istan; Pablo Me­d­ina of ABC Color, killed in Paraguay; and free­lancer Luke Somers, killed in Ye­men.

Fo­ley was kid­napped in Novem­ber 2012 in north­ern Syria.

Last year, mil­i­tants from the so­called “Is­lamic State” trig­gered world­wide re­vul­sion by re­leas­ing video footage of his mur­der, which they de­clared was to avenge U.S. air strikes against their group.

Sot­loff’s hor­rific killing was shown in a video which emerged on just days af­ter Fo­ley was mur­dered in near-iden­ti­cal cir­cum­stances.

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