July Newsletter

The Fallen Journalists Memorial (FJM) Foundation thanks you for your interest and support for our efforts to establish a permanent memorial in Washington, D.C. to honor journalists who have sacrificed their lives in service to democracy. 

There are many worthy federal monuments to Americans who have sacrificed their lives promoting the enduring values of our country. However, there isn’t one commemorating those who have died working to advance the free and independent press enshrined by our founders in the First Amendment. We are now working to change that.

FALLEN JOURNALISTS MEMORIAL ACT INTRODUCED

On June 25, 2019, the bipartisan Fallen Journalists Memorial Act was introduced in the House and Senate to authorize the FJM Foundation to raise funds and work with the appropriate government entities to site and build the memorial. Bipartisan support is growing.

SENATE
The Senate bill (S. 1969) was introduced by Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Rob Portman (R-OH), and currently has eight cosponsors. 

HOUSE
The House bill (H.R. 3465) was introduced by Representatives Grace Napolitano (D-CA) and Tom Cole (R-OK), and currently has 19 cosponsors. We are working diligently to add more.

Contact your Representative, Senators
Ask them to cosponsor H.R. 3465 or S. 1969
Need help identifying your Members of Congress?
Find them here:
Senate & House


PRESS CONFERENCE

The introduction of the legislation coincided with the first anniversary of the Capital Gazette shooting in Annapolis, Maryland in June 2018. The FJM Foundation hosted a press conference at the National Press Club to highlight the legislation and honor the memories of those who died in Annapolis.

At the press conference, many of the legislative sponsors were joined by Tribune Publishing Company Chairman David Dreier, FJM Foundation President Barbara Cochran, former Washington Post Publisher Donald Graham, Capital Gazette Editor Rick Hutzell. 


COVERAGE


TELEVISION
Bipartisan support for fallen journalists memorial, CNN

ENDORSEMENTS
Military Reporters and Editors Association
National Federation of Press Women
National Newspaper Association

CALLS TO ACTION
National Newspaper Association
News Media Alliance

The Fallen Journalists Memorial will need supporters like you to make it happen. Only private funds will be used to develop and build the Fallen Journalists Memorial; no federal funds will be used.