The Broadcasting Board of Governors dedicated its memorial to journalists slain in the line of duty, honoring 10 fallen broadcasters and reporters.
Placed in the main corridor of the Wilbur J. Cohen Building in Washington, D.C., the memorial 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. The Cohen Building is home to the broadcasting studios and offices of Voice of America.
“While a journalist’s toolbox consists of pens, papers and sometimes a laptop, camera and microphone, the arsenal of the opponents of freedom of the press too often includes fists, arrest warrants and — as we acknowledge so vividly today — murder,” said board member Joaquin F. Blaya in remarks delivered at the dedication on July 15.
Further information about the journalists is available in the news section of the BBG Web site.