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Press Freedom Celebrated at Washington Diplomat’s Pre-WHCD Party

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Diplomats, journalists and lawmakers celebrated journalism and press freedom Friday at a White House Correspondents’ Dinner at the Argentine Embassy in Washington, D.C.

The Washington diplomat’s annual party has made a resounding comeback after a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The event brought together the diplomatic and international community for an evening of celebration that promoted press freedom.

The event also paid tribute to journalists who have lost their lives while pursuing a story.

“We have partnered with the Fallen Journalists Memorial Foundation, to help share the stories of some of the journalists who have sadly lost their lives reporting,” Washington Diplomat publisher Victor Shiblie said at the start of the event. .

Organizers have teamed up with the Fallen Journalists Memorial Foundation — an organization dedicated to building a national memorial in DC — to create wine bottle labels with the names and stories of some of the world’s fallen journalists .

Shiblie highlighted the efforts of the Fallen Journalists Memorial Foundation to design, develop, build and maintain a memorial to fallen journalists that will serve as a lasting tribute to reporters, photojournalists, producers, editors and others who have died in the line of duty. journalists.

Among those present were Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas), former Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs Marie Royce, Argentine Ambassador Jorge Argüello and his wife Erika Grinberg, and Director of the Office of International Relations from the Smithsonian, Aviva Rosenthal.

With more than 300 attendees, the party took over an entire floor of the Embassy, ​​with the ballroom reserved for dancing. DC’s political community danced with a DJ to a mix of international music with impromptu salsa dancing and Bollywood moves.

While COVID-19 vaccinations and masks were strongly encouraged, there were no requirements. Very few attendees were seen wearing masks.

The Embassy showcased Argentina’s finest food and wine, including asado, empanadas and dulce de leche.