Journalist memorial going up in London

U.N.'s Ban Ki-moon to dedicate the light sculpture

LONDON -- United Nations secretary general Ban Ki-moon will unveil a sculpture dedicated to the loss of journalists and news crews killed around the world at an event Monday night hosted by the BBC and the International News Safety Institute.

The secretary general will inaugurate the memorial, a light sculpture, which sends a beam of light a kilometer into the sky above BBC Broadcasting House for 30 minutes each night, in front of an audience of BBC staff, journalists and politicians. He will dedicate it to journalists around the world working for all news organizations who have been killed in the line of duty.

The inauguration comes a week after the deaths of two BBC journalists in Afghanistan and Somalia: Abdul Samad Rohani and Nasteh Dahir Faraah, who were killed last weekend.

Recent research from INSI estimates that over the past decade at least two journalists or news staffers were killed each week on average and that in the majority of cases no one had been brought to justice for the murders.

"We should never forget or underestimate the risks that journalists reporting from hostile environments face," BBC director general Mark Thompson said. "We hope this poignant memorial will serve as a nightly reminder of the sacrifice made by many in the cause of free expression and journalism."