The Newseum reconsidered the inclusion of two suspected terrorists in its Monday rededication of its Journalists Memorial after several journalists and advocacy groups raised concerns.
Al-Aqsa cameramen Hussam Salama and Mahmoud Al-Kumi were initially part of the group of 84 journalists killed on the job whose faces were projected onto a screen at the Newseum's Washington, D.C., memorial. Jewish groups and conservatives opposed their inclusion, citing al-Aqsa's backing by Hamas. Buzzfeed's Rosie Gray wrote about how the Newseum defended their inclusion as recently as Friday.
The museum issued a statement Sunday saying it was not including the pair, after all.
"A number of serious questions have been raised and we are going to take our time to re-evaluate the circumstances surrounding the deaths of these two men," Jonathan Thompson, manager of media relations, told Poynter via email. "Moving forward we’ll establish a new initiative to explore, discuss and address some of these challenging new issues." (more...)