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FCC Commissioner Geoffrey Starks discussed what he termed “a new frontier for broadcasting” made possible by the ATSC 3.0 operating standard at a Communications Forum …  Read More »

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Senate Democrats Seek FTC Investigation of Twitter

Senate Democrats are massing along a new front in the war with Big Tech and Elon Musk is in the line of fire. A powerful group of senators led by Sen. Richard  …  Read More »

FCC Chief Rosenworcel Open to Beefing Up Agency’s Power Over Retrans Disputes

FCC Chair Jessica Rosenworcel has told Congress she would welcome the chance to work with it to better protect consumers during retransmission-  …  Read More »

Big Tech Seeks Supreme Court Review of Online ‘Must-Carry’ Law

Computer companies and edge providers are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to weigh in on the issue of whether state governments can impose what the  …  Read More »

Informed and thoughtful commentary on a variety of First Amendment and communications policy issues.

TikTok Is China’s Trojan Horse
By Adonis Hoffman, Esq.

People are easy to dupe. Give us something for free and we will open the door to just about anything in return, including our most …  Read More »

Let’s Add the First Amendment to the Nation’s Back-to-School Checklist
By Stuart N. Brotman

With high school teachers nationwide now in the process of planning their return to begin a new academic term, a new piece of valuable summer …  Read More »

Ukraine War’s Powerful First Amendment Lessons
By Stuart N. Brotman

As Americans, we are witnessing the horror that Russia is inflicting on Ukraine with its bloody invasion that is causing massive devastation and death …  Read More »

The Institute participated with the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and other media groups recently in the following friend-of-the-court briefs and letter.

Identities of State University Committee Members Should Be Public

VIEW Brief

Arizona Bill Restricting Coverage of Policing Is Clearly Unconstitutional


Personal Liability of Federal Officials at Issue in Supreme Court Case


Media Institute Celebrates 40th Anniversary

View this short video about the Institute – past, present, future.

Free Speech Week website

Free Speech Week is a yearly, non-partisan celebration of the value of free speech and expression.

October 16-22, 2023
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A VIRTUAL EVENT         OCTOBER 19, 2022

The Institute’s “Free Speech America” Gala took place on October 19, 2022, in virtual format. We honored Lester Holt with our Freedom of Speech Award and Ken Burns with our American Horizon Award. FCC Commissioner Nathan Simington was our Featured Speaker.

Lester Holt

Lester Holt
“NBC Nightly News” Anchor and Managing Editor
Freedom of Speech Award

Ken Burns

Ken Burns
Documentary Filmmaker
American Horizon Award

Nathan Simington

Nathan Simington
FCC Commissioner
Featured Speaker

Gala Video
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