Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Journalists 'Wall' Adds 40 Names They Were Killed Covering News

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Journalists 'Wall' Adds 40 Names They Were Killed Covering News

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ARLINGTON, Va. -- The names of 40 journalists killed around the world last year were added yesterday to a lengthening roster on a memorial wall of gleaming glass.

Joining their names were those of 292 others who died while covering the news since 1812 and whose fates were discovered or verified since the establishment of the Journalists Memorial by The Freedom Forum four years ago.

Yesterday's additions brought to 1,369 the number of men and women -- writers, reporters, editors, photographers and their colleagues -- who died while doing their jobs.

"The wall is filled with the names of journalists who cared and cared deeply about their craft and their responsibilities. They felt journalism is something worth risking their lives for," said Tom Johnson, chairman and chief executive officer of Cable News Network.

Many of those whose names are on the memorial would say they were "just doing their job" and "got unlucky," Johnson said.

"But for most of the people in the news business, there is in their dedication to their work a deep strain of idealism that leads them to take risks for truth and understanding that sometimes, tragically, leads to their personal injury or death," Johnson said. …

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