Last week, the House passed the Fallen Journalists Memorial Act. Marlon Hanson at The Focus Daily News:
“Washington has many monuments honoring those who have sacrificed their lives to protect our freedoms – yet, there is no memorial on public land to recognize the journalists who have made the same sacrifice,” stated FJM Foundation President Barbara Cochran. “Such a memorial will demonstrate to citizens and visitors from around the world that our country values a free press, honors the sacrifices of journalists, and supports the families, friends and colleagues of the fallen.”
The Fallen Journalists Memorial Act, H.R. 3465, was sponsored by Representatives Grace Napolitano (D-CA) and Tom Cole (R-OK). Similar legislation (S. 1969) was introduced in the Senate by Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Rob Portman (R-OH).
“I am grateful to my former colleagues in Congress for approving this legislation and recognizing the sacrifices of those journalists who have been attacked, imprisoned and murdered around the world,” stated the Hon. David Dreier, former chairman of Tribune Publishing. “This memorial will be a testament to our commitment as a nation to the freedom of the press and an enduring symbol of freedom.”