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First speaker in ISU Khashoggi memorial address announced as Washington Post columnist

Posted at 5:57 PM, Mar 03, 2019

TERRE HAUTE — Washington Post foreign affairs columnist, David Ignatius, has been announced as the inaugural speaker in Indiana State University's annual address honoring slain journalist, Jamal Khashoggi.

Ignatius' talk is titled: “How to fix the world: The future of foreign policy." The talk is set for 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 2 in the Tilson Auditorium on ISU's campus.

“Jamal represented the dream that many millions of Arabs have for a more open society and a journalism that tells the truth,” Ignatius said.

“I admired Jamal as a friend and colleague most of all because he understood the dangers of championing this cause — the very real threats to his family and himself — and kept on doing what he thought was the right thing. There’s no greater honor for a journalist right now than to be associated with the values that Jamal courageously represented.”

The Washington Post writer is the first speaker for the Jamal Khashoggi Annual Address on Journalism and the Media, an annual tribute to the 1983 alumnus of ISU.

READ | ISU to honor alumnus and slain journalist, Jamal Khashoggi |

The annual tribute to Khashoggi is part of the ISU Speakers Series and seeks to examine current and critical issues related to journalism, the first amendment and freedom of the press. Invited speakers will include prominent journalists, authors, filmmakers, photojournalists or other professionals working in the media.

Ignatius is a Harvard and Cambridge graduate who has written for publications like The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic and more. He is a bestselling fiction writer with ten spy novels and has won multiple awards including a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Khashoggi attended Indiana State as an undergraduate from 1977 to 1982 and was conferred a business administration degree on May 7, 1983. A critic of the Saudi government, he was assassinated in early October 2018 after visiting the Saudi embassy in Turkey to obtain marriage documents. His death prompted an international outcry.