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Newseum reconsiders honor for 2 linked to Hamas

Monday - 5/13/2013, 11:31am  ET

BRETT ZONGKER
Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Newseum in Washington says it's re-evaluating plans to include two people on its Journalists Memorial honoring journalists who died last year while covering the news.

Several groups, including the Anti-Defamation League, B'nai B'rith International and the American Jewish Committee, have objected to the inclusion of two people who worked for Al-Aqsa Television because it is linked to the Islamist group Hamas.

On Monday, the Washington museum plans to rededicate its Journalists Memorial. But the Newseum says it is re-evaluating its decision to include Hussam Salama and Mahmoud Al-Kumi. Their names won't be added to the memorial wall Monday.

The Newseum says serious questions have been raised as to whether they should be included. In a statement, the Newseum says terrorism has altered the landscape in many areas, including journalism.


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