Luncheon Speakers

David Cohen, senior executive vice president and chief diversity officer of Comcast Corporation, stresses the need to get beyond policy issues where substantial agreement exists and to focus on “big picture” change at a time when the U.S. economy …

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Issue Watch

Apple, Amazon, Google, Facebook logo

Apple, Amazon, Facebook, and Google took a public lashing at a congressional hearing in Boulder, Colo., on Friday, where some

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Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) used an informational hearing on deep fakes and other online manipulation to hammer Big Tech in general and Facebook in

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Given the almost daily news about a new security breach, it is impossible to conclude that the tech industry is

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Media & Communications Policy Blog

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

As the news media know better than anyone, the great story of our times is change – dramatic, accelerating, and …

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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  for companies in New York City and Salt …

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Washington Post Publisher Warns of Threats to Independent Press

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Recent Court Filings

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

Karem v. Trump
White House Must Provide Due Process Before Suspending Press Pass

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Letter to United States Senate
Restrictive Rules on Press Will Hinder Coverage of Impeachment Trial

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Media Institute Celebrates 40th Anniversary

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

Joined @rcfp and other media orgs in a letter sent to @senatemajldr & @SenSchumer opposing #press restrictions for the #ImpeachmentTrial of @POTUS https://www.mediainstitute.org/2020/01/16/restrictive-rules-on-press-will-hinder-coverage-of-impeachment-trial/

Hyperlinks Do Not Constitute Republication of Online Articles https://www.mediainstitute.org/2019/12/19/hyperlinks-do-not-constitute-republication-of-online-articles/

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

October 19-25, 2020

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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