While covering immigration issues at the border, Juan Garcia interviews a Guatamalan man on a bridge across the Rio Grande
The Alfred Friendly Foundation, working to strengthen journalism around the world, believes now is a critical time to support the profession. Recently, Jamal Khashoggi, a contributing columnist for The Washington Post, was killed in a Saudi consulate. His journalistic home, The Post, was also the home of our founder, Alfred Friendly.
Regrettably, we have recently seen a more deteriorating environment for journalists in the U.S. and globally. Khashoggi’s murder reminds us, in the most gruesome way, that journalists often pay a price for courageously challenging authority and illuminating misdeeds. They need more support.
The need for independent media around the world is critical to an educated citizenry and for civility. We must show the world that we stand with journalists and efforts to support freedom of the press.
Our 2018 Fellows are typical of our reach around the world, with individuals coming from Sudan, Mexico, Jordan, Ukraine, Macedonia and India. Working in the most unsafe country to do journalism in North America, Juan Luis Garcia, ’18 AFPP Fellow, focuses on crime and security in Mexico — including the spread of drug cartels, local government agencies linked to crime organizations and federal government corruption. Juan Garcia recently reported on the policy of separating parents and children at the border.
Pat Stueve, a member of the Alfred Friendly Foundation board, said the importance of the free press to a democracy has been magnified recently in the United States and around the world. “We have seen over the last couple of years that press freedom is not only important to emerging democracies but is equally important to an established democracy like the United States.”Since its founding in 1983 by the late Alfred Friendly, Pulitzer Prize-winning editor and reporter for the Washington Post, our program has mentored and prepared more than 333 journalists from 81 countries around the globe for the practice of professional, ethical, and innovative journalism.
“I have been a part of many foundations, as a board member, donor and friend,” Stueve said. “There is no non-profit that I have ever been involved with that has the results and the impact that this foundation has.”
Those who are interested in joining Alfred Friendly’s support of a free press can visit www.presspartners.org.
Please join us in assisting all journalists and our Fellows in their work to report on topics in dangerous and difficult environments.