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NBC President Andrew Lack Highlights Day of First Amendment Discussion at Second Annual Cornerstone Project Symposium
FOR RELEASE: November 21, 2002
Contact: Richard T. Kaplar
The Media Institute
Washington, November 21, 2002 - The state of freedom of the press in America and around the world was the focus of "Freedom's Progress," the Cornerstone Project's second annual symposium held yesterday in Washington. The event drew more than 100 representatives from government, media, think tanks, and academia to the St. Regis Hotel, where they heard exchanges among free speech experts in two panel discussions. The featured event was a luncheon keynote address by NBC President Andrew Lack.
The symposium began with a panel discussion that addressed the current challenges and opportunities facing journalists in America. The media's role in the ongoing war on terror was a prominent theme of the exchange. The second panel of the day looked at press freedom internationally. The panel participants relayed positive developments - such as emerging media entrepreneurship in Russia - and warned of obstacles that remain, citing the ongoing persecution of journalists in many developing countries.
The day's activities concluded with the speech by Lack, who was recognized by Media Institute President Patrick Maines for his contributions to broadcasting through his efforts to maintain a free and independent press.
The Cornerstone Project is The Media Institute's public awareness and education program celebrating freedom of speech and of the press. To view a transcript of Andrew Lack's speech, event photos, and other information about the symposium, visit the Cornerstone Project Web site at www.mediainstitute.org/CornerstoneProject/SpecialEvents.php.