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ADL blasts museum to honor Hamas TV journalists

May 13, 2013 09:37

Newseum to include names of Hamas-operated TV cameramen in memorial ceremony for journalists killed in 2012.


Newseum 370. (photo credit:David Monack)

The Anti-Defamation League condemned the decision by the Washington, DC Newseum to commemorate the lives of two journalists, who worked for Hamas-operated Al-Aqsa television, in a ceremony dedicated to news workers killed in the field in 2012.

The ADL "expressed shock and outrage" Saturday that Hama members Hussam Salama and Mahmoud al-Kumi would be included in the museum's annual Journalists Memorial ceremony on Monday, and requested their names not be included on a permanent fixture.

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Officials from the news and journalism museum said the two would remain on the list of 84 journalists who died last year in pursuit of work in the news industry.

"It is a dark day when members of a terrorist organization advancing their agenda through murderous violence are honored as part of a tribute to journalists killed in the line of duty," ADL National Director Abraham H. Foxman said.

"This decision flies in the face of the founding mission of Newseum to ‘educate the public about the value of a free press in a free society.’ Salama and Al-Kumi were terrorist operatives working for a network that routinely promotes anti-Semitism and incitement to violence. These men were working for a propaganda outlet, not a legitimate news organization," he added.

The two cameramen were killed by Israeli air strikes on their car on November 20 during Operation Pillar of Defense .

During the ceremony, the names and photos of the 84 journalists who died or were killed in 2012, along with six from the 2011, were to be projected onto a 74-foot-tall "tablet" inscribed with the First Amendment.

Reuters contribute to this report.
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