Update December 4, 2019: News Media for Open Government, of which RTDNA is a member, submitted a statement in support of legislation to establish the memorial at a hearing of the U.S. House Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands
The RTDNA Board of Directors has adopted a resolution in support of the proposed Fallen Journalists Memorial in Washington, DC.
Congressional acts to establish the memorial on federal land – H.R. 3465 and S. 1969 – have bipartisan support in both the House and Senate.
The Fallen Journalists Memorial Foundation, established under the National Press Club Journalism Institute headed by RTDNA President Emeritus Barbara Cochran, is leading efforts to ensure the legislation’s passage, design, fund, build and maintain the memorial.
The launch of the memorial effort came one year after the June 2018 shooting at the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Maryland, which killed five people. RTDNF awarded the journalists of the Capital Gazette a posthumous Citation of Courage earlier this year.
According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, more than 1,300 journalists have been killed around the world since 1992, including 11 in the United States.
The U.S. Press Freedom Tracker, of which RTDNA is a founding member, reports more than 40 attacks on journalists in the U.S. in 2018, and 28 far in 2019.
What can you do?
Contact your Members of Congress and ask them to support and cosponsor H.R. 3465 or S. 1969. Find your representatives: Senate & House.
Support the memorial, which will be entirely privately funded, financially.