Two additional journalists who died in previous years and were brought to the Newseum’s attention in 2011 were also recognized. Their names have been added to a separate panel in the memorial, and their stories are included in the interactive kiosks in the Journalists Memorial Gallery. With these new names, there are now 2,156 journalists honored on the memorial, dating from 1837. The annual ceremony drew family, friends and colleagues of the fallen journalists. In his welcoming remarks, James C. Duff, chief executive officer of the Newseum, called the Journalists Memorial “one of the most powerful and important galleries in the Newseum.” “This dedication renews the Newseum’s commitment to remember these brave journalists for generations to come,” he said.
Alejandro Junco, president and chief executive officer of Grupo Reforma, the largest print media company in Latin America, was the keynote speaker. In a speech titled “Burning the Fog,” Junco talked about journalists who aren’t afraid to publicly expose wrongdoing, despite the personal dangers.
“For 40 years, I have worked alongside journalists working to burn away the fog of anonymity,” Junco said, “working to help eliminate those bad influences on people’s lives — the bad incentives, the bad systems, the bad practices.”