Harper speaks at conference on Qatar blockade and human rights

October 9, 2017

Syracuse University Law Professor David M. Crane was a keynote speaker at a conference on human rights and the embargo of Qatar at a side event at the UN General Assembly meeting in New York City Sept. 21.

Also speaking was Ken Harper, associate professor of multimedia photography and design and director of the Newhouse Center for Global Engagement. “I was asked to speak on the critical role a free press plays in a civil society and the great sacrifices journalists make to bring us the stories of our shared humanity,” says Harper.

A diplomatic row over alleged funding of terrorism has led several neighboring countries to cut ties with Qatar, including Saudi Arabia and Egypt, and critics says the resulting Qatar blockade is adversely affecting the civilian population of the Persian Gulf state.