Maryland Democratic Senator Ben Cardin introduced a resolution on Wednesday to locate the National Memorial to Fallen Journalists at a specific site in Washington, D.C.

The memorial would be located between the Voice of America building and the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, according to the joint resolution presented by Cardin with Republican Senator Rob Portman of Ohio.

“The National Memorial to Fallen Journalists will honor the lives of those who died by reporting the news and supporting the media on behalf of the American people,” Cardin said in a statement. “Transparency and unbiased journalism are essential in a democracy and this new memorial will be an unwavering symbol of the sacrifice of those who carry this responsibility. The men and women who personify the First Amendment rights granted to every citizen have made our nation stronger. »

The bill’s introduction comes a week after Las Vegas Review-Journal reporter Jeff German, a veteran investigative reporter known for exposing the misconduct and wrongdoing of politicians, casino moguls and gangsters, was killed in his home. Investigators arrested a suspect, an elected official whom German mentioned.

The project was authorized by Congress in 2020. It will be funded by donors from the Fallen Journalists Memorial Foundation. The memorial will be built and maintained by the National Park Service or General Services Administration, according to Cardin’s office.

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Although the designs have not yet been finalized, the foundation is working with architecture critic Paul Goldberger to create a process for designing the memorial and selecting an architect, according to its website. He aims to have a design ready by the end of the year. The foundation estimates the project could cost up to $50 million.

The effort to create the memorial was launched by former California Rep. and Tribune Publishing Company chairman David Dreier to mark the one-year anniversary of the shooting at the Baltimore-part newsroom of The Capital. Sun Media and Tribune Publishing.

On June 28, 2018, five people – Gerald Fischman, Rob Hiaasen, John McNamara, Rebecca Smith and Wendi Winters – were killed by a man who entered the newsroom with a shotgun. The massacre was the deadliest assault on journalists in US history.

Democratic Maryland Senator Chris Van Hollen, one of the bill’s original co-sponsors, said the memorial would honor journalists, photographers and other news industry workers who died in the course of their work. overseas, across the country and here in Maryland.

“This memorial will honor the lives of deceased journalists around the world and serve as a tribute to those who were killed here in Maryland in the Capital Gazette shootings – Gerald Fischman, Rob Hiaasen, John McNamara, Rebecca Smith and Wendi Winters,” he said. in a report.

In a statement, Portman said he was pleased to join Cardin in introducing the bill.

“This memorial will serve as a fitting tribute to the men and women of journalism who have made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of the First Amendment,” Portman said.


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