Public Awareness of Free Speech Is Goal of Nationwide Event

FOR RELEASE: October 12, 2017

Contact: Richard T. Kaplar
The Media Institute

Arlington, Va., October 12, 2017 – Free Speech Week (FSW) will begin Monday, Oct. 16, and run through Sunday, Oct. 22. Media organizations, schools, universities, and community groups around the country will conduct activities and promote free speech in observance of the week.

Free Speech Week is a non-partisan, non-political, week-long commemorative event, now in its thirteenth year, which raises awareness of free speech and a free press in the United States among all age groups and walks of life.

Free Speech Week is designed to be an inclusive celebration for all Americans regardless of politics or ideology. The goal of FSW is to celebrate First Amendment rights, and it is not intended to advocate any political viewpoint or ideological agenda.

Media trade associations, journalism groups, and media outlets are participating as “Partnering Organizations,” displaying the FSW logo on their websites and publicizing the week in their own ways. Groups are invited to join the celebration as a partner on the FSW website, There is no registration fee.

Colleges and universities across the country are participating as “Educational Partners,” giving students and professors an opportunity to discuss the meaning of free speech at a time when that freedom has come under increasing attack on many campuses.

For more information, follow FSW on Twitter @Freespeechweek, join the discussion on FSW’s Facebook Page, and find the latest information and ideas for celebrating on the FSW website,

Free Speech Week is an independent event created in 2005 by The Media Institute, which continues to provide promotional support and to manage the FSW website.

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