Washington, D.C., is home to numerous memorials and monuments honoring Americans who have sacrificed their lives for the country.
But the U.S. capital lacks a permanent memorial dedicated to those who were killed while working to advance a free press. If a newly formed coalition has its way, however, that will change soon.
The group on Wednesday presented a proposal in Congress to build a Fallen Journalists Memorial that would pay tribute to reporters, photojournalists, editors, producers and others who have died while performing their duties as journalists.
“It is an all too frequent but unfortunate reality that reporters and photojournalists must often run toward danger when seeking the truth. That’s why so many have died while covering war and conflict,” Barbara Cochran, president of the Fallen Journalists Memorial Foundation, told members of a natural resources subcommittee at the U.S. House of Representatives.
The foundation operates under the National Press Club Journalism Institute, which is the nonprofit affiliate of the National Press Club. It is led by former Rep. David Dreier, chairman of Tribune Publishing, the parent company of the Capital Gazette and eight other daily newspapers nationwide, including the Daily News.