WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Epoch Times celebrated the ninth anniversary of its publication, Nov. 13, with a dinner gala celebration at the Hilton in Arlington, VA.
The gala celebration brought together prominent leaders in Washington, D.C., members of the Asian community, leaders in the minority business community and Epoch Times supporters. In attendance were Mrs. Annette Lantos, wife of the late Tom Lantos, co-founder of the Congressional Human Rights Caucus; former Ambassador to Denmark Richard Swett, and a member of the board of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Foundation; and Heyward Davenport, northeast regional director of National Minority Business Development Agency.
“We are here to celebrate nine years of very professional, very open, and very important reporting that The Epoch Times has done to bring forward the truth as it has not been allowed to come forward in many parts of the world,” said Ambassador Swett.
The Epoch Times Chinese-language edition began publishing in New York in May 2000 in response to a growing need for uncensored coverage of events in China. Three years later, the English-language edition launched on the web in Sept. 2003. Since the beginning of its publication, The Epoch Times has grown into a global newspaper, published across five continents in 30 countries and 17 languages. With its multi language print and online publication, The Epoch Times has naturally become an outlet to reach and connect diverse cultural groups.
The Epoch Times U.S. edition is published weekly in six cities: Washington, D.C., Boston, Dallas, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York, where it is published daily.
It is the mission of The Epoch Times to be an independent voice in print and on the web, putting its readers’ interests first. The Epoch Times strives to uphold universal human values in its content, said many of the speakers at the gala. A particular strength of The Epoch Times is its continual coverage of China, presenting original stories not found in other publications.
Mr. Heyward Davenport, northeast regional director of the National Minority Business Development Agency, thanked the Chinese-language Epoch Times for its work to support the Asian and minority-owned businesses. He recognized the importance of the minority-owned businesses to the U.S. economy, highlighting the particular success of the Asian business community in America.
“They have been a friend of mine in New York over the last half a dozen years, publishing information about what we are doing for the Asian and Minority business community. In fact, I was just in China. The Epoch Times covered that too,” said Mr. Davenport.
“I knew about The Epoch Times, because I met a few of your guys at the Indian Festival. I learned how much [The Epoch Times] is involved in the community, not just the Chinese community, but other communities as well,” said Ajaz Siddiqi Vice President of the United Central Bank.
Federal and local government leaders offered formal letters of recognition and support for The Epoch Times.
“There are millions of people in China whose voices are heard as a result of your devotion to freedom of the press. Your courage to uphold and defend freedom in the face of danger, and your determination to oppose tyranny will forever be part of historical record,” said Congressman Gus Bilirakis of Florida in a written letter of recognition presented by congressional staff member Tim Tracy.
Ms. Lily Qi presented on behalf of the Maryland Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett, a certificate in recognition and appreciation for The Epoch Times’ service to the growing Chinese community. Ms. Qi is also the coordinator of Asian Pacific Partnerships.
The dinner gala included a presentation of Han Couture of the ancient Tang, Song and Ming dynasties.
Also in attendance of the gala were: Kenneth Clark, president and CEO of the Minority Supplier Development Council in Washington, D.C. and Maryland; Vellie Dietrich-Hall, officer of the U.S. Census Bureau; Dr. V.P. Vaidik, chairman for the Council for Foreign Policy for India; and China democracy activist Wei Jingsheng.
“With our global presence and global collaboration, we believe that we will not much longer be one of the best kept secrets in media and will soon take our place as a major, authoritative media—and become your first choice for getting the news,” said John Nania, Epoch Times English-language Editor-In-Chief.