Washington Post Super Bowl Spot Spotlights Slain Journalists

The ad, narrated by Tom Hanks, features journalists who have been killed or disappeared. They include Jamal Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist who wrote critically about the Saudi crown prince.

The Washington Post debuted its first Super Bowl commercial, highlighting the often-dangerous work journalists do.

The ad, narrated by Tom Hanks, features journalists who have been killed or disappeared.

They include Jamal Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist who wrote critically about the Saudi crown prince. Khashoggi was killed in the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul in October. Also featured were Austin Tice, a freelance reporter missing in Syria for six years, and Marie Colvin, a Sunday Times correspondent who was killed in Syria.

In a memo to Post employees last week, publisher Fred Ryan said the newspaper felt “this is the right moment, at the right venue, to present this important message to the large audience of Americans and international viewers.”

The spot ended with the Post’s slogan, “Democracy Dies in Darkness.”


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