TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – Wednesday, ISU students, staff and community members honored Jamal Khashoggi on the one year anniversary of his death.
Oct. 2 of 2018, was the last time that Washington Post columnist and ISU alumni Jamal Khashoggi was seen alive before entering the Saudi Consulate in Instanbul.
Wednesday, a vigil was held in his honor.
“I think it says a lot that he felt like journalism was the best way he could make an impact in the world,” Lori Henson, Ph.D., ISU journalism instructor.
Those gathered around Dede Plaza said Wednesday’s vigil was more than remembering just Khashoggi himself, but also what he represented.
“I think it was really important to not only remember him but also think about what he symbolizes which is empowering the voiceless,” said Alexa Imperiel, ISU communications student.
“As media professionals we want to protect the act of journalism and how important it is to democracy,” Henson said.
Henson said she hopes that Khashoggi’s legacy can continue to inspire more young journalists.
“We want to encourage students to understand how much power they have to impact the world for the better, and I hope Mr. Khashoggi is a good example of that,” Henson said.
Henson said the idea for a vigil to honor Khashoggi was decided by students.