Journalist killed in Syria honored at U.S. museum

Kyodo

A Japanese who was among 88 journalists who died last year while reporting the news was honored at the Newseum this week in Washington.

Mika Yamamoto, killed last year while covering the civil war in Syria, was added Monday to the Journalists Memorial of the Newseum, a museum dedicated to journalism.

The addition of her name and of the others raised to 2,244 the number of reporters, photographers, broadcasters and news executives from around the world honored at the memorial established in 1837.

Yamamoto, who worked for The Japan Press, a Tokyo-based independent media group, died during clashes in Aleppo, northern Syria, last August at the age of 45. She was an award-winning video journalist known for her coverage of conflict zones, including Afghanistan and Iraq.

Another name added to the list was that of two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Anthony Shadid, who also died last year covering the Syrian conflict. Shadid was a correspondent for The New York Times reporting on the opposition to Syrian President Bashar Assad when he suffered an asthma attack and died in February 2012 at age 43. He twice won the prestigious Pulitzer while reporting for The Washington Post.

Joining Yamamoto and Shadid was Marie Colvin, a veteran correspondent for the London-based Sunday Times, who was killed in the besieged Syrian city of Homs at age 56.

In a ceremony at the Journalists Memorial Gallery at the Newseum, Richard Engel, chief foreign correspondent for NBC News who experienced being kidnapped in Syria, said Syria “has been a horrible experience for the world.”