October 21-27, 2019

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

Free Speech: The Language of America
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‘FREE SPEECH AMERICA’ GALA
OCTOBER 7, 2019

The Four Seasons Hotel, Washington, D.C.

The Media Institute honored two distinguished awardees at our “Free Speech America” Gala on October 7, 2019: Fred Ryan, Publisher and CEO of The Washington Post, and Caroline Beasley, CEO of Beasley Media Group. FCC Commissioner Geoffrey Starks delivered keynote remarks.

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Luncheon Speakers

FTC Commissioner Rebecca Slaughter (right) discusses recent tech company settlements, consumer privacy, disclosure, and other matters at the Federal Trade Commission with attorney Kurt Wimmer at a Communications Forum …

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STORY

First Amendment Trends

A collection of timely articles and essays on current developments by members of The Media Institute’s First Amendment Advisory Council.

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The Internet’s Enduring Free Speech Legacy
April 18, 2019 | By Guest Authors: Stuart N. Brotman and Shiela Hawkins

Old Tools in Different Hands: Speech Regulation on Campus
September 27, 2018 | By Greg Lukianoff and Adam Goldstein

Media & Communications Policy Blog

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

An Independent Press: Essential to Our Democracy
By Guest Author Frederick J. Ryan, Jr.

We are living in challenging times for those who depend on the work of a free press.  Every day, journalists across …

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The 5G Privacy Opportunity
By Guest Author Stuart N. Brotman

The Federal Communications Commission announced on Sept. 16 that it would be granting experimental licenses …

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The Price of Privacy on the Potomac
By Adonis Hoffman, Esq.

In case you haven’t noticed, privacy – meaning the protection of your personal data and information – is all the …

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Issue Watch

Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Oct. 17 defended his company’s controversial decision of

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With the dissenting vote of Democrat Geoffrey Starks joining that of Democrat Jessica Rosenworcel earlier in the day

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FCC Commissioner Geoffrey Starks says only when the FCC and the nation does more to diversify media voices can

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Washington Post Publisher Warns of Threats to Independent Press

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Free Speech Week Slated for Oct. 21 – 27, 2019

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Recent Court Briefs

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.

Georgia v. Public.Resource.Org
Government Edicts Doctrine Can Be Grounded in First Amendment

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Martin v. Rollins
Massachusetts Wiretapping Statute Collides With First Amendment

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As we celebrate #FreeSpeechWeek, remember that much of our speech is free because of the work of journalists and media workers everywhere who act as watchdogs for our First Amendment rights.

We're celebrating #FreeSpeechWeek because local journalism helps protect communities from erosion of #freespeech. Here's how.
https://www.rtdna.org/article/without_free_speech_local_communities_would_suffer

Big thanks to media orgs. like @NCTAitv, @RTDNA and @newsalliance who have supported the mission of #FreeSpeechWeek - a non-partisan celebration of #FreedomofSpeech & #PressFreedom - for many years now!http://www.freespeechweek.org

As we mark #FreeSpeechWeek, take a moment to read your local newspaper, listen to your local radio station, or watch your local TV channel and revel in the voice those outlets give to you and your neighbors to express yourselves https://www.freespeechweek.org/