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Unprecedented Events Created New First Amendment Challenges in 2001

Media Institute Book Analyzes Government Impact on Media Speakers

FOR RELEASE: May 7, 2002

Contact: Richard T. Kaplar
The Media Institute


Washington, May 7, 2002 – The fallout from the 2000 presidential election and the attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon created their own challenges to the First Amendment last year, while other challenges to free speech and free press remained numerous, according to a new book released by The Media Institute. The First Amendment and the Media - 2002 provides, in its 53 chapters, an overview of major First Amendment issues affecting media speakers in 2001.

The book looks at federal, state, and local developments in five separate categories: online issues, broadcasting and cable, commercial speech, press restrictions, and general media restrictions. The 18 chapter authors address issues ranging from Internet filtering to broadcast content controls to intellectual property disputes. The book is published under the auspices of the Cornerstone Project, a Media Institute program celebrating the First Amendment.

"The year 2001 was a pivotal time at every level of government for free speech, from national security concerns in the wake of Sept. 11 to the actions of city councils and state governments. But the First Amendment survived, which is a tribute to journalists, government officials, and the American people," said Richard T. Kaplar, vice president of The Media Institute and editor of the book.

Copies of The First Amendment and the Media - 2002 are available for review by working journalists, or may be purchased for $34.95 each (plus $5 shipping) from the Publications Department, The Media Institute, Suite 301, 1000 Potomac St., NW, Washington, D.C., 20007. Orders may also be placed by phone at (202) 298-7512, or by fax at (202) 337-7092.