Reporters’ Memorial

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Thursday 7 October — 5 pm

Reporters’ Memorial

2020-2021 Commemorative stone

On Thursday 7 October 2021 a ceremony at the Reporters’ Memorial will pay tribute to those journalists killed in the exercise of their work over the course of the past year. Christophe Deloire, General Secretary of Reporters Without Borders (RSF), will unveil a commemorative stone in their memory, and the ceremony will be attended by loved ones of the victims and by Iranian photojournalist Manoocher Deghati, president of the jury of the 28th Prix Bayeux.

No part of the world has been spared in the past year. The 53 new names to appear on the white commemorative stones of the Memorial in 2021 are those of journalists from the Middle East (Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon, Syria, Yemen), Asia (Afghanistan, Iran, Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, the Philippines), Latin America (Mexico, Colombia, Venezuela, Honduras), Africa (Somalia, Nigeria) and even Europe (Greece, the Netherlands). They all lost their lives while carrying out their work. The majority were deliberately picked out and assassinated in a cowardly manner by gunfire or targeted attacks.  Two of them, Spanish journalists David Beriain and Roberto Fraile, were killed far from home in an ambush by an armed group in the Sahel, where it is becoming more and more dangerous for journalists to work.  Their loved ones will be attending the ceremony to evoke their memory. The Iranian photojournalist Manoocher Deghati will also pay a specific tribute to journalists from his native region and from Afghanistan, where photojournalist Danish Siddiqui was notably killed while reporting.


In its most recent Annual Report RSF identified 50 journalists who were killed between January and December 2020. This figure remains constant compared with the previous year despite the reduction in the number of reports being produced due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Over 10 years it brings the number of journalists killed in the course of their professional work to 957.

Mémorial des reporters
Boulevard Fabian Ware
Direct access from rue de Verdun

Free admission

October 7 2021


Mémorial des reporters