By Alin K. Gregorian
BOSTON — The fifth annual Armenian Heritage Park Foundation endowed lecture on Thursday, October 23, focused on journalists around the world who cover human rights issues, and who sometimes pay the ultimate price for their courage.
Three journalists, including veteran journalist Ray Suarez, Pulitzer Prize-winner Stephen Kurkjian, formerly of the Boston Globe, and Thomas Mucha of Global Post, shared their experiences at the K. George and Carolann Najarian MD Lecture on Human Rights called “Truth to Action: Media Freedom,” at Faneuil Hall.
One of the first speakers was Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh, who spoke not only about human rights, but also his ties to the Armenian community. He recalled serving in the State House with Rachel Kaprielian and Peter Koutoujian, both of whom eventually left the State House, as he did, one to head the Registry of Motor Vehicles first and now the Office of Labor and Workforce Development, and the other who is currently the sheriff of Middlesex County.