By Conway Jones
On Friday, April 4, 2008, the Freedom Forum Journalists Memorial, located in the Newseum in Washington, D.C., will have its opening dedication honoring journalists who gave their lives reporting the news.
The Journalists Memorial honors newspeople who died or were killed in the pursuit of news. It bears the names of reporters, editors, photographers, broadcasters and executives who died covering wars, civil violence or natural disasters, or who were killed because of their work.
The Journalists Memorial displays the names of 1,843 journalists from around the world who have made the ultimate sacrifice in their commitment to reporting. Of those, 66 died in 2006, and 92 died in 2007. Chauncey W. Bailey, Jr., editor of the Oakland Post newspaper, a 45 year-old Black-owned newspaper, was killed while investigating several sensitive stories.
Freedom Forum trustee, Major General Harry W. Brooks, Jr., USA (Retired) of Las Vegas, Nevada (photo inset), is a long-time friend of the Post Newspaper Group. General Brooks has been a member of the board of directors of the Freedom Forum, the parent company of the Newseum, for over twenty-five years. The Freedom Forum is the main funder of the operations of the Newseum.
To learn more about the Freedom Forum Journalists Memorial, visit their web site at www.newseum.org