U.S. Consulate celebrates World Press Freedom Day

Consul General Kurt Tong, Keith Richburg and Sarah Stewart at FCC Hong Kong
Consul General Kurt Tong, Keith Richburg and Sarah Stewart at FCC Hong Kong (State Dept.)
Consul General Kurt Tong, Keith Richburg and Sarah Stewart at FCC Hong Kong

On May 3, the U.S. Consulate General sponsored a screening of The Post in honor of World Press Freedom Day at the historic Foreign Correspondents Club Hong Kong. The film, starring Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks, tells the story of the newsroom decision making and the landmark Supreme Court case that allowed The Washington Post and The New York Times to publish the Pentagon Papers. Consul General Kurt Tong and Hong Kong University Journalism and Media Studies Center Director and former Washington Post correspondent Keith Richburg discussed the relationship between government with moderator Sarah Stewart before the screening. Consul General Tong said that the United States has a long history of strong support for press freedom and freedom of expression, noting that “it’s built into our Constitutional DNA” through the First Amendment. He also discussed the important role of media in holding governments accountable to the public.