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Luncheon Speakers

FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn discusses the Lifeline broadband program and other matters before the Commission at a Communications Forum luncheon at the St. Regis Hotel in Washington, D.C. …

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First Amendment Trends

A collection of timely articles and essays on current developments by members of The Media Institute’s First Amendment Advisory Council.

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The First Amendment: Rock Star of the American Constitution
October 18, 2017 | Foreword by Floyd Abrams

Supporting the First Amendment: More Than Just Talk?
November 15, 2017 | By Robert Corn-Revere

Free Expression and Privacy: Can New European Laws Reach U.S. Publishers?
November 8, 2017 | By Kurt Wimmer

But Is It ‘Speech’?
October 18, 2017 | By Laurence Winer

Free Speech, Fake News, and Social Media
October 18, 2017 | By Rod Smolla

Media & Communications Policy Blog

Informed and thoughtful commentary on a variety of First Amendment and communications policy issues.

Repealing Media Ownership Regulations: It’s About Time
By Richard T. Kaplar

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has proposed the most reasonable of actions: repealing or revising 40-year-old media ownership …

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Reflections on the Microsoft/Ireland Case
By Patrick Maines

Last week the Supreme Court granted a review of a Second Circuit decision upholding Microsoft’s defiance of a U.S. …

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Free Speech Week: Much To Celebrate
By Richard T. Kaplar

Free Speech Week is upon us. Or, as the headline of a story about the week written by Amy Mclean in Cablefax puts it: “What…

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Issue Watch

Pai Proposes Major Broadcast Dereg

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said he has circulated a media ownership item for a vote at the November meeting that would…

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Justice Backs Challenge to Free Speech Zone

The Justice Department has backed the challenge to a college speech policy that allegedly confined that speech to a…

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FCC Considers Eliminating Broadcast Reporting Requirements

The FCC has proposed to reduce some more broadcasters paperwork burdens. At its public meeting Tuesday (Oct. 24), the …

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Media Institute Launches New Blog Called ‘First Amendment Trends’

Arlington, Va., October 20, 2017 – The Media Institute today launched a new online publication titled “First Amendment Trends” that will feature articles on timely developments related to free speech and free press. Articles will be written …

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From #FirstAmendment Trends: Supporting the First Amendment: More Than Just Talk? by Robert Corn-Revere https://t.co/jFQVx4DAYf

Robert Corn-Revere, one of the great First Amend lawyers, just posted a thoughtful essay (via @TheMediaInst) arguing that the answer to Trump’s anti-press tweets is the repeal of FCC rules that could be used as leverage against broadcast journalists. https://t.co/HeBs9zpKAh

From our new series #FirstAmendment Trends - #FreeExpression and #Privacy: Can New European Laws Reach U.S. Publishers? by @kurtwimmer https://t.co/MkzUniDPf4

October 16 – 22, 2017

Free Speech Week is a yearly,
non-partisan celebration of the value of
free speech and expression.

Free Speech: The Language of America
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