On Friday, I reported that the Newseum had planned to honor two deceased members of the terrorist group Hamas along with other journalists who had died while covering news in 2012. But on Monday morning, the journalism museum said it would “re-evaluate” the decision.
Here is the Newseum’s emailed statement:
Serious questions have been raised as to whether two of the individuals included on our initial list of journalists who died covering the news this past year were truly journalists or whether they were engaged in terrorist activities.
We take the concerns raised about these two men seriously and have decided to re-evaluate their inclusion as journalists on our memorial wall pending further investigation.
Terrorism has altered the landscape in many areas, including the rules of war and engagement, law, investigative and interrogation techniques, and the detention of enemy combatants. Journalism is no exception.
To further our First Amendment mission to provide a forum where all may speak freely, the Newseum will establish a new initiative to explore differing views on the new questions facing journalism and journalists.
The Newseum website no longer lists the two employees of the Hamas-controlled Al Aqsa TV on its list of honorees.