2020 ‘FREE SPEECH AMERICA’ GALA

A Virtual Event  |  October 14, 2020

The Media Institute will honor two distinguished awardees at our virtual “Free Speech America” Gala on October 14, 2020: David L. Cohen, Senior Executive Vice President of Comcast Corporation, and Mignon Clyburn, former FCC Commissioner and Acting Chairwoman. FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr will deliver keynote remarks.

2020 ‘Free Speech America’ Gala
Charlie Cook, image by https://www.leadingauthorities.com/meet-speakers-cook-political-report

Luncheon Speakers

Political analyst Charlie Cook offered an information-packed tour de force of the November elections when he addressed the Institute’s virtual Communications Forum luncheon on Sept. 21. Luncheon sponsors …

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Issue Watch

Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.) has introduced a bill, the Broadcast Diversity in Leadership Act, to promote broadcast diversity by creating the

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Broadcasters are arguing that the FCC does not need to have statistics on how repealing or modifying its broadcast ownership

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Broadcasters are ramping up the pressure, and the rhetoric, in their attempt to get the FCC to hold off on increasing the regulatory fees

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Media & Communications Policy Blog

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

Two hundred and thirty-one years ago this week, Congress passed a collection of amendments to the U.S. Constitution, 10 of which would become the Bill of Rights. …

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From shifting commercial placements to premature newspaper endorsements, …

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The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) hosted its fifth annual PrivacyCon on July 21, 2020.  This was …

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Rep. G. K. Butterfield and NBCU’s Cesar Conde To Present Awards at Institute’s Virtual Gala Oct. 14

A life-long civil rights defender and an industry leader in building Spanish-language media will present awards at The Media Institute’s “Free Speech America” Virtual Gala on Oct. 14.

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Media Institute Launches Digital Media Center

The Media Institute has unveiled a new program designed to bring clarity to key issues at the heart of today’s digital revolution.

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Stuart Brotman Charts Course for Digital Privacy Policy in New Book

“There can be no doubt now that digital privacy protection deserves more focus as a national policy priority,” concludes Stuart N. Brotman in his latest book, Privacy’s Perfect Storm: Digital Policy for Post-Pandemic Times.

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David Cohen and Mignon Clyburn To Receive
Awards at Media Institute’s Virtual Gala

The Media Institute will honor David L. Cohen, senior executive vice president of Comcast Corporation, and Mignon Clyburn, former FCC commissioner and acting chair, at its annual “Free Speech America” Gala on Oct. 14. This year’s Gala will be a virtual event.

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Media Institute Appoints Professor Stuart Brotman as Distinguished Fellow

Stuart N. Brotman, a noted professor whose academic portfolio includes law, communications, business, and public policy, has been appointed Distinguished Fellow of The Media Institute, effective July 1. He will coordinate the program activities of the Institute’s newly created Digital Media Center.

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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.

La Liberte v. Reid
Allowing Defamation Suit Against Journalist Deserves Rehearing

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Uniformed Fire Officers Association v. DeBlasio
Police Disciplinary Records Should Be Made Public After Repeal of Ban

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Alasaad v. Wolf
Warrantless Border Searches of Devices Violate First Amendment

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Media Institute Celebrates 40th Anniversary

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

September 25th marks the passage of the #FirstAmendment! We are proud to stand with @nabtweets and others who support #FreedomofSpeech & #FreedomofthePress. https://www.wearebroadcasters.com/firstAmendment/

U.S. Cable Industry Announces New “K-12 Bridge to Broadband” Initiative to Help Connect Students to Broadband for Remote and Hybrid Learning https://bit.ly/3k91RA9 #Broadband #Internet #ClosingtheDigitalDivide

Journalists Aren’t the Enemy of the People. But We’re Not Your Friends.
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/06/business/media/trump-election-journalists.html?referringSource=articleShare

Rep. G. K. Butterfield and NBCU News Group’s Cesar Conde To Present Awards at Media Institute’s ‘Free Speech America’ Virtual Gala on Oct. 14 https://www.mediainstitute.org/2020/09/08/rep-g-k-butterfield-and-nbcu-news-groups-cesar-conde-to-present-awards-at-media-institutes-free-speech-america-virtual-gala-on-oct-14/

Media Institute Launches Digital Media Center https://www.mediainstitute.org/2020/08/25/media-institute-launches-digital-media-center/

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
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October 19-25, 2020

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

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