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Gary Shapiro of CEA and Rep. Rick Boucher To Be Recognized at Media Institute Friends & Benefactors Awards Banquet in D.C.
FOR RELEASE: October 9, 2009
Contact: Richard T. Kaplar
The Media Institute
Arlington, Va., Oct. 9, 2009 — The Media Institute will bestow awards on Gary Shapiro and Rep. Rick Boucher at its annual Friends & Benefactors Awards Banquet Oct. 15 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Washington, D.C.
Shapiro will receive the American Horizon Award, while Rep. Boucher will receive the Freedom of Speech Award. The master of ceremonies will be communications attorney and former FCC chairman Richard E. Wiley.
Shapiro is president and CEO of the Consumer Electronics Association. Rep. Boucher (D-Va.) is chairman of the House Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet, and co-chair of the House Internet Caucus.
Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) will present the American Horizon Award to Shapiro. The award recognizes leadership in promoting the vitality and independence of American media and communications. Lucy A. Dalglish, executive director of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, will present the Freedom of Speech Award to Rep. Boucher in recognition of his efforts to create a national "shield law" for reporters.
ABC News President David Westin will deliver keynote remarks.
The black-tie event will also kick off the fifth annual National Freedom of Speech Week (NFSW), Oct. 19-25, 2009. In addition, the banquet will recognize the Music Maker Relief Foundation, which promotes free expression by assisting aging Southern blues musicians and preserving their musical traditions.
The Media Institute is a nonprofit research foundation specializing in communications policy and the First Amendment. For more information, visit the Institute online at www.mediainstitute.org.