Support the Fallen Journalists Memorial

Support a Memorial for Fallen Journalists

On June 28, 2018, we endured the deadliest attack on journalism in our nation’s modern history, when five employees of the Capital Gazette were killed in their Annapolis, Maryland, newsroom by a gunman with a grudge.

The loss was senseless and traumatic, and also a reminder of the risks journalists take every day.

Throughout our nation’s history, hundreds of U.S. journalists have lost their lives while doing their jobs, so that the American public could stay informed on important matters and events of the day.

These journalists and media workers not only deserve our thanks and appreciation, they deserve a lasting acknowledgement of their sacrifice. 

In June, a bi-partisan group of U.S. Senators and Representatives introduced S. 1969 / H.R. 3465, “The Fallen Journalists Memorial Act of 2019.” If authorized, the Act would authorize the Fallen Journalists Memorial Foundation raise private funds to build a monument to our lost colleagues on federal land in Washington, D.C.

The Alliance believes this memorial will be an important reminder for the public of the journalists and their colleagues whose lives were lost serving their country, and those who continue to risk their lives every day to deliver critical information to their communities.

Click below to download an op-ed to run in your news publications supporting the FJM. We’ve also provided graphics that you can share on social media.

Click here to download the op-ed:
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Click here to contact your member of Congress:
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Related content:

Alliance blog post: Maryland Stands Up for a Free Press, Honors the Capital Gazette Shooting Victims

To learn more about the Memorial effort, please go to FallenJournalists.org.

If you have any questions or have any reports on your communications with your representatives, please contact Paul Boyle.

What the Co-Sponsors of “The Fallen Journalists Memorial Act of 2019” are saying about the memorial:

“This memorial will serve as a fitting tribute to the men and women in journalism … who have paid the ultimate sacrifice in the defense of the First Amendment.”
- Rob Portman (R-OH)
Senator, Ohio
“The freedom of the press is the bedrock of our country... “[We] don’t have a focal point where we can pay our respects for those that literally have given their life in the line of duty to protect democracy in this nation.”
- Ben Cardin (D-MD)
Senator, Maryland
“Journalists put their lives on the line every day to protect our democracy and a free and independent press. We must pay tribute to those who perished not only on the front lines of battle, but those whose lives have been lost while simply fulfilling their duty to deliver the news.”
- Grace Napolitano (D-CA)
Representative, California
“Throughout our nation’s history, members of the press have gone to great lengths to keep the American people informed … and many journalists have even put themselves in harm’s way to chase down a story. [A national memorial will] honor their contributions, dedication and sacrifice.”
- Tom Cole (R-OK)
Representative, Oklahoma

Social Media Graphics

Please share these graphics on your social media channels to raise awareness of the Fallen Journalist Memorial Act of 2019 and the importance of a memorial to honor journalists who gave their lives in pursuit of the truth, which underpins our democracy.

To download a graphic, click on it, then right-click and Select “Save Image As.”

Link to FallenJournalists.org and use the hashtag #SupportFJM.
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