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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. …


First Amendment Trends

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


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 …


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. …


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…


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…


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…


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 …


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 …


From #FirstAmendment Trends: Supporting the First Amendment: More Than Just Talk? by Robert Corn-Revere

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.

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

October 16 – 22, 2017

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free speech and expression.

Free Speech: The Language of America