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National Freedom of Speech Week To Be Celebrated Oct. 20 – 26, 2008

FOR RELEASE: October 16, 2008

Contact: Richard T. Kaplar
The Media Institute


Arlington, Va., Oct. 16, 2008 - National Freedom of Speech Week (NFSW) will be celebrated Oct. 20 –26, 2008, with a wide range of organizations and schools around the country marking the week in various ways.

Now in its fourth year, the week-long commemorative event celebrates freedom of speech in all its forms, as well as freedom of the press.

Partnering Organizations include professional societies, trade associations, media and First Amendment groups, and educational institutions. In 2008, major media content and equipment providers will be represented nationally by the National Association of Broadcasters Education Foundation, National Cable & Telecommunications Association, Newspaper Association of America Foundation, Motion Picture Association of America,and Consumer Electronics Association.

In addition, local media outlets and other groups are encouraged to participate at the community level.  A fuller list of Partnering Organizations can be found at the NFSW website, Groups wishing to participate can register online there at no charge.

The Media Institute serves as coordinator and clearinghouse for the event.

On Tuesday, Oct. 21, The Media Institute will host its 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 figures, Andrea Wong, president and CEO of Lifetime Entertainment Services, and Peter Chernin, president and COO of News Corp.

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.

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