FCC Commissioner Nathan Simington discussed the importance of local journalism and the need for broadcast regulation to not impede the financial viability of local broadcasters at a virtual

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In a big victory for broadcasters and the Republican FCC under Ajit Pai, the Supreme Court has reversed the Third Circuit’s decision throwing out the

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Rep. Yvette Clarke (D-N.Y.) said Thursday (March 25) that she will be introducing her bill next week to protect marginalized communities from harmful advertising practices. The Civil Rights

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CEOs from Facebook, Google, and Twitter took their licks Thursday (March 25) from both sides of the aisle in a Hill hearing entitled “Disinformation Nation: Social Media’s Role in Promoting Extremism

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

The use of facial recognition systems powered by algorithms and software continues to raise controversy given their potential use by law enforcement and …

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Our nation’s momentum toward accelerated COVID-19 vaccine distribution is fully apparent.  President Joe Biden has publicly urged state governments to …

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One of the major unresolved issues in crafting comprehensive federal digital privacy legislation has carried over from …

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Media Institute President Richard T. Kaplar issued the following statement regarding the death of long-time Board member Kurt Wimmer: “We are extremely saddened by the passing of our good friend Kurt …

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Media Institute President Richard T. Kaplar issued the following statement regarding the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on FCC media ownership …

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Michael O’Rielly, whose career as a public servant in Washington spanned more than three decades and included service in the U.S. House of …

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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.

Interpretation of Wiretapping Statutes Implicates First Amendment

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Persistent Surveillance Infringes on Media’s First Amendment Rights

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Late Intervention Contravenes FOIA Goals and Timely Newsgathering

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I’m devastated by my friend and mentor @kurtwimmer’s passing. Kurt was a champion for privacy, journalism & free speech, & among the kindest people I’ve known. He took time to teach & inspire me & many other young lawyers throughout his career. His presence made our world better. https://twitter.com/themediainst/status/1379133339978842114

The Media Institute@TheMediaInst

We have lost a great friend and supporter in Kurt Wimmer. We're extremely saddened by the passing of our long-time Board member, First Amendment Advisory Council Chairman, and dear friend. Our deepest sympathies to his family.

Just horrible news. Kurt Wimmer was one of my very favorite people to interact with and I learned so much from him through the years. Everyone in DC tech policy circles probably has a great Kurt story to tell. He always made time and had the best of advice. Heart of gold. https://twitter.com/TheMediaInst/status/1379133339978842114

The Media Institute@TheMediaInst

We have lost a great friend and supporter in Kurt Wimmer. We're extremely saddened by the passing of our long-time Board member, First Amendment Advisory Council Chairman, and dear friend. Our deepest sympathies to his family.

Media Institute Celebrates 40th Anniversary

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

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

2020 ‘FREE SPEECH AMERICA’ GALA

A Virtual Event  |  October 14, 2020

The Media Institute honored 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 delivered keynote remarks.

‘FSA’ Gala
2020 Video

October 18-24, 2021

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

Free Speech: The Language of America
PRESS RELEASE
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