New York Chekhov Variety Show / April 26, 2019 / The International Free Expression Project organized with Columbia University’s Harriman Institute, PEN America’s Artists at Risk Connection and Yaddo artist colony the Ninth Annual Anton Chekhov Variety Show in New York. The headline performer was Vietnamese pop star/dissident Mai Khoi, a member of the IFEP’s International Advisory Board and a 2018 laureate of the Vaclav Havel International Prize for Creative Dissent. The show was dedicated to the protection of free expression. Mai Khoi also has performed at other IFEP events in New York and San Francisco.
The International Free Expression Project co-sponsored with the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette a press-freedom forum April 11, 2019 dedicated to the memory of Jamal Khashoggi. It was titled The War on Truth: Journalism Has Never Been More Vital Nor More Imperiled. The forum featured Fred Hiatt, editorial page editor of The Washington Post, who oversees the Opinion section of the paper for which Khashoggi wrote; Emilia Diaz-Struck, Latin American coordinator for the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, the organization that brought together hundreds of journalists from around the world to produce The Panama Papers project; and David Shribman, Pulitzer Prize-winning syndicated columnist, executive editor emeritus of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and scholar-in-residence at Carnegie Mellon University. Their lively and insightful conversation was enthusiastically received by an audience of about 250 at the University of Pittsburgh's Clapp Hall Auditorium. The forum was financed by The Pittsburgh Foundation, for which IFEP and the other organizers are most grateful. Here are some photographs of the event.