PNG Journalist Gets Chance to be in the U.S. on Election Day (October 28, 2016)

U.S. Embassy, Port Moresby: The Embassy is pleased to announce our latest International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) participant, Mr. Gabriel Lahoc. Mr. Lahoc is a journalist at the National Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) in Lae, Morobe province. His experience as a journalist has focused on advocacy for improved education and informing the public on industrial, economic, and environmental implications and benefits of large international projects in the province.

The program Mr. Lahoc will join is the “Edward R. Murrow Project for Journalists for East Asia and Pacific” and runs from October 31 through November 18 in the United States.

Together with eight  other  journalists from East Asia and the Pacific, Mr. Lahoc will examine the rights and responsibilities of a free press in a democracy; observe operational practices, standards, and institutions of the media in the United States (particularly in light of the U.S. presidential election on November 8); gain insight into the social, economic, and political structures of the United States; and participate in professional development seminars and an international symposium highlighting current trends and challenges in the media profession, foreign affairs reporting, and political affairs coverage.

Mr. Lahoc will visit Washington, D.C.; Raleigh/Chapel Hill, North Carolina; Tampa, Florida; and New York, New York.

The Edward R. Murrow Program honors the legendary CBS News radio reporter Edward R. Murrow whose career included historic coverage of World War II and later critical reporting on Senator Joseph McCarthy.

A core element of U.S. foreign policy is to encourage a free and responsible press. The press is a cornerstone of democracy, and through responsible reporting it fosters a well-informed citizenry that can hold governments and institutions accountable. The 11th annual Edward R. Murrow Program for Journalists is one of the Department of State’s flagship public diplomacy programs for media professionals and invites up-and-coming leaders in the field of journalism from around the world to examine the rights and responsibilities of a free press in a democracy.