The Newseum, a Washington, D.C.-based museum dedicated to all things media and journalism-related, and whose goal is ostensibly to educate the public "about the value of a free press in a free society," is planning to honor two journalists with Hamas-links.
On Monday, May 13, the museum will pay tribute to two journalists who lost their lives in 2012, upholding “a free press in a free society.” Those two men are Mahmoud Al-Kumi and Hussam Salama, employees for the Hamas-run Al-Aqsa TV.
"In an annual ceremony that began in 1996, the Newseum will rededicate its Journalists Memorial, which honors newspeople who died or were killed in the pursuit of news," the Newseum website states.
"The names of 84 journalists who died covering the news in 2012 will be added to the memorial, along with six journalists killed in previous years who were recently brought to the Newseum's attention."
An official press release by the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting (CAMERA) notes Al-Aqsa TV's frequent promotion of violent, anti-Western themes and history of incitement. One such program on al Aqsa called on viewers to “harvest the skulls of the Jews.”
Al-Aqsa TV has been labeled by the U.S. government as a propaganda unit of the terrorist group, Hamas.
What's more, Basel Tawfiq Youssef of Syrian state television and Maya Naser of Iran’s Press television -- both of which are accused of being mouthpieces for oppressive government regimes, are also slated to be honored.
NBC correspondent Richard Engel will give the keynote speech at the event's 10 a.m. ceremony.
CAMERA states that "these incomprehensible choices are akin to the American Society of Professional Journalists honoring workers from Izvestia, the Soviet government daily, who happened to be killed on the job—the job of supporting and advancing communist dictatorships—during the Cold War."