CNN host lectures on state of democracy and importance of free press

A political commentator said journalists are canaries in a coal mine at a lecture in Schoenberg Hall on Wednesday.

“Press plays an absolutely vital role,” said Fareed Zakaria, a Washington Post columnist and the host of CNN’s Fareed Zakaria GPS.

Zakaria was this year’s speaker at the Daniel Pearl Memorial Lecture Series. The UCLA Burkle Center for International Relations and Hillel at UCLA co-sponsored the event. Zakaria talked about government attacks on the press, U.S. relations...

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