WASHINGTON (WDTN) – The Newseum has unveiled an exhibit honoring the five journalists killed at the Capital Gazette newspaper in Maryland earlier this year.
The Newseum says it hopes the installation will educate the public about the importance of American journalism and the threats reporters face.
“Police were there in less than a minute but it was plenty of time for this man to kill five staffers of the newspaper in cold blood,” says Patty Rhule, Vice President of Content and Exhibits at the Newseum.
The exhibit hopes to spotlight the resiliency of the Captial Gazette.
“As five of their colleagues lay dead or dying, one of the staff members tweeted out: ‘We’re putting out a d*** paper tomorrow,” Rhule said.
And they did.
Despite the attack, the staff put out a paper the very next day.
The installation spotlights the five victims and the determination of the paper, and the risks of being a journalist.
“This very negative environment about the press, people who are simply trying to hold people in power to task, it’s their right, it’s their job, it’s their duty and that should not be threatened by any physical violence or any other kind of violence,” Rhule said.
Rhule says a memento left at a memorial after the shooting with the hashtag ‘Not the Enemy’ shows the public values journalists doing their jobs reporting the news.
“The people who were killed were part of the everyday fabric of their city, their community, their state,” she said.