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The UK journalists killed doing their jobs since 2000

The UK journalists killed doing their jobs since 2000

A demonstrator holds a sign during a protest against Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro’s government, Brazil’s National Indian Foundation (FUNAI)’s President Marcelo Augusto Xavier da Silva and for the search for British journalist Dom Phillips and indigenous expert Bruno Pereira, who went missing while reporting in a remote and lawless part of the Amazon rainforest near the border with Peru, in Brasilia, Brazil June 15, 2022. Picture: Reuters/Ueslei Marcelino Sixteen UK journalists have been killed since 2000 in the course of doing their jobs. Dom Phillips became the 16th death in June 2022 when he and an expert accompanying him, Bruno Araujo Pereira, went missing in a remote area of the western Amazon rainforest in Brazil while reporting for a book on deforestation and its potential solutions. Two bodies were found and it was confirmed on Friday 17 June 2022 that dental records had identified one of them as Phillips. Phillips’ family have said he was “lost doing the important job of investigative journalism”. Since 2000, 16 UK journalists (including US-born Marie Colvin) have been killed …

Campaign for first UK memorial to journalists killed while reporting

Campaign for first UK memorial to journalists killed while reporting

Existing memorials at the National Memorial Arboretum. Clockwise from top left, memorials to: Burma railway, armed forces, Cheshire Yeomanry, Naval Service, and World War Two evacuation of children. Pictures: National Memorial Arboretum A new campaign is aiming to create the UK’s first memorial to journalists killed while doing their jobs in conflict zones. Press Gazette is spearheading the On the Record: The National Memorial to Journalists on the Frontline campaign along with Andrew Baud of communications agency TALA. It has been launched today (Friday 3 May) to mark World Press Freedom Day. The aim is for a sculpture to be commissioned for and placed at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire as a place where families, colleagues and friends can reflect and remember those we have lost. It would also be available for visiting by schoolchildren and other members of the public to learn about the sacrifices made by those reporting in the public interest. It is intended that the memorial will be complemented by a digital database containing the stories of fallen UK-based journalists …