I’m very sorry that I couldn’t be in DC today, but I was working on a new film. My boss Laura and I think of TIm often, and I think he would have wanted us to continue working on a new film that upholds the integrity of veterans, and also will change the way people think of them.
But today, Tim Hetherington, Chris Hondros and 68 other journalists were remembered by adding their names to a new memorial panel at the Newseum in Washington DC. 68 of the journalists were killed in 2011. Another two were killed in previous years. Families and friends flew thousands of miles to honor the journalists and honor their work and memory. Tim Hetherington and Chris Hondros’ families donated personal items from the two, who were both killed in Libya on April 20, 2011.
Alejandro Junco, president and chief executive officer of Grupo Reforma was the speaker. He said:
“For 40 years, I have worked alongside journalists working to burn away the fog of anonymity,” Junco said, “working to help eliminate those bad influences on people’s lives — the bad incentives, the bad systems, the bad practices.”
Junco also reminded guests of the constant dangers journalists face each day.
“This year is less than five months old and already, across the world, 18 journalists have been killed; 179 have been imprisoned,” he said.
The work of WarRetreat, started in honor of Tim, continues not only in his memory, but for every person who gave their life not only getting the story, but doing so to broaden our perspective, and deepen our understanding of the world. To them, we are grateful for their work, and also for the platform we have used to help so many.