BBG Honors Journalists Slain in the Line of Duty

Board member Steven J. Simmons called the memorial “a sad reminder that journalists risk their lives to protect a most basic freedom: the freedom to receive information. Information that sometimes is a matter of life and death.”
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(click thumbnail)Board member Joaquin F. Blaya said, ‘Words are so powerful that the foes of freedom choose to fight them with force.’Ten broadcasters and reporters are honored in a memorial dedicated this summer by the Broadcasting Board of Governors.

The board supervises U.S. government-supported, non-military international broadcasting. The memorial is to journalists slain in the line of duty.

(click thumbnail)The memorial is in the main corridor of the Wilbur J. Cohen building in Washington.
It honors Leonid Karas, Abdulrachmann Fatalibey, Georgi Markov, Iskandar Khatloni, Abdul-Hussein Khazal, Ricardo de Mello, Ogulsapar Muradova, Khamail Muhsin Khalaf, Nazar Abdulwahid Al-Radhi and Alisher Saipov.

Board member Steven J. Simmons called the memorial “a sad reminder that journalists risk their lives to protect a most basic freedom: the freedom to receive information. Information that sometimes is a matter of life and death.”

Four BBG journalists have been murdered in the last two years, the organization said.

Information about the journalists is available in the News section of www.bbg.gov.

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