Chennai: The US Consulate General in Chennai partnered with Chennai's Loyola College to commemorate World Press Freedom Day 2017.
The programme held at the LICET Seminar Hall Loyola-ICAM College of Engineering and Technology included remarks by award-winning American journalist and media educator Alison Bethel McKenzie on "Ethical Journalism in a Modern Media Environment" and a panel discussion with senior South Indian editors on the topic of "Critical Minds for Critical Times: Media's Role in Advancing Peaceful, Just, and Inclusive Societies."
Acting Consul General Ariel Pollock inaugurated the event. "President Trump has been clear that government must be controlled by the people and exist to serve its citizens," she said. "This emphasis echoes the importance America's founders gave to freedom of speech and freedom of the press."
Rev. Dr. Alangaram Arockiam SJ, Superior, Berchmans Illam, Loyola College, introduced the keynote speaker and panelists. In her remarks, Alison Bethel McKenzie said, "This World Press Freedom Day, there is even greater need for communities to support independent, free and fair journalism around the world. Physical and verbal attacks on journalists are increasing at unprecedented rates, and we continue to see more and more online attacks of journalists, particularly female journalists. Going forward, we will keep up the fight against attacks on journalists and push for the arrest of those who murder journalists just for doing their work."
Panelists included Krishnan Vaidiyanathan, Editor, Dinamani; V. Sudarshan, Senior Associate Editor, The Hindu; and Yagna Balaji, Editor, dtNext. The panel discussion was moderated by Alexis Wolff, Information Officer at the U.S. Consulate General in Chennai.