Alumni Jamal Khashoggi was recognized upon the one-year anniversary of his death.
Students, faculty, and members of the community joined together in honor of the late Jamal Khashoggi for a Candlelight Vigil hosted by Indiana State’s Society of Professional Journalists.
Alexa Imperial, secretary for the Society of Professional Journalists, discussed the importance of Khashoggi’s legacy.
“This event has shed light on how important it is to pursue knowledge and truth, and from that, form your own voice and not be afraid to share it with anyone” said Imperial.
Jamal Khashoggi is remembered as an Indiana State University alumnus, graduating with a degree in business administration in 1983. Since, he made contributions as an author, government propagandist, columnist for The Washington Post, and an editor for Al Watan, the Saudi Arabian newspaper.
In 2018, Khashoggi was assassinated in Istanbul for having been openly critical of the Saudi Arabian government.
The Candlelight Vigil was held Oct. 2, 2019, the day that marked a year after the death of Jamal Khashoggi.
Divine Tripplet, a journalism major at ISU, attended the event to pay tribute to Khashoggi’s legacy.
“Being a journalism major, I think that it’s very unfortunate to have lost an inspiration who’s had such great intention and truth with his writing” Tripplet said.
As a Saudi Arabian dissident and observant Muslim, much of Khashoggi’s career was centered around advocating for truthful journalism and the freedom of the press in the Middle East. His death allowed for the reexamination into the protection of journalists under the first amendment.
The event concluded as Dr. Lori Henson, communications professor and Society of Professional Journalists advisor, reflected on how ISU should continue to recognize Khashoggi going forward.
Henson says, “We wanted to honor his advocacy for human rights, democracy and free press, which we think are really important. We don’t want people to forget about him. We hope that every year we can remember his impact on the world.”