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51 journalists’ names added to memorial

May 4, 2002

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— The names of 51 journalists killed last year were added the Freedom Forum's Journalists Memorial, the ever-expanding spiral glass tribute to those who have died covering the news.

The 51 deaths were almost double the 26 who died in 2000. Among the names added were eight journalists killed in November covering the conflict in Afghanistan, as well as Robert Stevens, a photo editor with the Sun tabloid, who died Oct. 5 after inhaling anthrax that was mailed to a Florida office.

One name not included was Daniel Pearl, the Wall Street Journal reporter kidnapped and killed this year in Pakistan. He will be added next year.

The new names bring to 1,446 the number of journalists on the memorial, dating back to 1812. The Freedom Forum, a foundation dedicated to free speech and free press, adds names in a rededication ceremony every year on May 3, World Press Freedom Day.

The memorial includes journalists who were killed covering wars, natural disasters or violent crimes; who died as a result of injury or illness while covering an assignment, or were killed to silence their work.
























All these journalists were killed in 2001. The country in parentheses indicates the nationality of the journalist's news organization:

Afghanistan Ulf Stroemberg, TV4 (Sweden), Nov. 27. Harry Burton, Reuters (Britain), Nov. 19. Azizullah Haidari, Reuters (Britain), Nov. 19. Julio Fuentes, El Mundo (Spain), Nov. 19. Maria Grazia Cutuli, Corriere Della Sera (Italy), Nov. 19. Johanne Sutton, Radio France Internationale (France), Nov. 11. Pierre Billaud, RTL Radio (Luxembourg), Nov. 11. Volker Handloik, free lance (Germany), Nov. 11.Algeria Fadhela Nedjma, Echourouk El Youmi (Algeria), June 14. Adel Zerrouk, Al-Rai (Jordan), June 14.Bangladesh Nohar Ali, Anirban (Bangladesh), found April 20.Bolivia Juan Carlos Encinas, free lance (Bolivia), July 29.Britain Martin O'Hagan, Sunday World (Britain), Sept. 28.China Feng Zhaoxia, Gejie Daobao (China), Jan. 15. Zhao Qunli, Phoenix TV (Hong Kong), Sept. 2.Colombia Flavio Bedoya, Voz (Colombia), April 27. Jorge Enrique Urbano Sanchez, Mar Estereo radio (Colombia), July 8. Jose Duviel Vasquez Arias, La Voz de la Selva (Colombia), July 6.Costa Rica Parmenio Medina Perez, La Patada (Costa Rica), July 7.Georgia Georgy Sanaya Rustavi-2 (Georgia), July 26.Guatemala Jorge Mynor Alegria Armendariz, Radio Amatique (Guatemala), Sept. 5.Haiti Brignol Lindor, Radio Echo 2000 (Haiti), Dec. 3.India Gopal Bisht, Aaj Tak television (India), Sept. 30. Ranjan Jha, Aaj Tak television (India), Sept. 30. Anju Sharma, Hindustan Times (India), Sept. 30. Sanjiv Sinha, The Indian Express (India), Sept. 30. Moolchand Yadav, free lance, in India, July 30.Kuwait Hidaya Sultan Al-Salem, Al-Majales (Kuwait), found March 20.Latvia Gundars Matiss, Kurzemes Vards (Latvia), attacked Nov. 15, died Nov. 28.Mali Massa Kane, ORTM (Mali), Sept. 8. Adama Traore, ORTM (Mali), Sept. 8.Mexico Jose Luis Ortega Mata, Semanario de Ojinaga (Mexico), Feb. 19.Mongolia Tsevegmid Batzorig, Gamma (Mongolia), Jan. 14. Takahiro Kato, NHK (Japan), Jan. 14. Minoru Masaki, NHK (Japan), Jan. 14.Paraguay Salvador Medina Velazquez, Nemity radio (Paraguay), Jan. 5.Philippines Candelario Cayona, DXLL (Philippines), May 30. Rolando Ureta, DYKR (Philippines), Jan. 3.Russia Eduard Markevich, Novy Reft (Russia), found Sept. 18.Spain Ruben Cortijo Marin, Euskal Irrati Telebista (Spain), May 21. Inaki Pangua Akasuso, Euskal Irrati Telebista (Spain), May 21.Thailand Kaset Puengpak, Thai Rath (Thailand), May 2. Witayudh Saengsopit, free lance, April 10.Ukraine Ihor Oleksandrov, Tor television (Ukraine), July 7.United States William Biggart, free lance, Sept. 11. Jeff Cole, The Wall Street Journal (USA), Jan. 24. Robert Stevens, The Sun (USA), Oct. 5. Bill Teegins, Oklahoma State Radio Network (USA), Jan. 27. Uzbekistan Marc Brunereau, free lance, Sept 5. Yugoslavia Kerem Lawton, Associated Press Television News (USA), near the Kosovo-Macedonia border, March 29. Milan Pantic, Vecernje Novosti (Yugoslavia), June 11.

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