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National Freedom of Speech Week Slated for Oct. 16 - 22, 2006

Second Annual Event Features More Than 20 Partnering Organizations

FOR RELEASE: October 12, 2006

Contact: Richard T. Kaplar
The Media Institute


Arlington, Va., Oct. 12, 2006 - National Freedom of Speech Week (NFSW) kicks off next week, Oct. 16 - 22, with more than 20 groups joining in the celebration as Partnering Organizations.

The week-long commemorative event celebrates freedom of speech in all its forms, as well as freedom of the press. Now in its second year, NFSW is nationwide in scope with organizations around the country conducting activities to mark the occasion.

Partnering organizations include professional societies, trade associations, media and First Amendment groups, and educational institutions. A list of Partnering Organizations can be found at the NFSW website,

The Media Institute is the Founding Partner of National Freedom of Speech Week, and serves as coordinator and clearinghouse for the event.

Launching the week on Monday, Oct. 16 is The Media Institute's annual Friends & Benefactors Awards Banquet in Washington, D.C. The black-tie event will commemorate National Freedom of Speech Week and honor two media industry leaders, Glenn A. Britt, president and CEO of Time Warner Cable, and Sumner Redstone, chairman of Viacom Inc. and CBS.

The week is intended to be a unifying celebration of free speech, bringing people together regardless of politics or ideology. Its goal is to raise public awareness of First Amendment rights, rather than advance any political or policy agenda.

"Our hope and expectation is that National Freedom of Speech Week will become the most notable celebration of its kind, and one of the most widely observed commemorative weeks in the country," said Patrick D. Maines, president of The Media Institute.

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