WASHINGTON (AP) — The Newseum on Monday honored the 77 journalists who were killed around the world in 2013 by adding 10 names to its towering memorial.
At a rededication ceremony for the memorial, Associated Press Executive Editor and Senior Vice President Kathleen Carroll called on journalists to fight indifference and reaffirm the importance of standing up to corruption and fear. If journalists fail to do so, she said, "then you are giving up things that these people died to fight for, and that's unconscionable."
"Across the world, journalists are not submitting. They fight for the right to freely chronicle the actions of the powerful and the humble," Carroll said.
Last year, 28 journalists were killed in Syria, making it the deadliest place in the world for journalists.
The memorial now contains the names of 2,256 journalists who have died while covering the news since 1837, said Gene Policinski, Newseum chief operating officer. He said advances in digital media have put more journalists at risk, since they now have larger audiences and can attract more attention.
Journalists continue their work despite that risk, Carroll said. She noted that Associated Press photographer Anja Niedringhaus had said she kept going back to dangerous parts of the world "because it's what I do." Niedringhaus was killed in April 2014 by an Afghan police officer within weeks of making that statement, Carroll said. In the same attack, veteran AP correspondent Kathy Gannon was wounded.
This year, the Newseum decided to add 10 names to the memorial, rather than the names of all who were killed while working, as they have done in the past. Policinski said the change was made because the advent of digital media had made it more difficult to determine who is a journalist and who has died pursuing the news.
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