Caroline Beasley, CEO of Beasley Media Group

Luncheon Speakers

Vint Cerf, Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist for Google, presented a fascinating history of the Internet – and his role in it –  dating back to …  Read More »

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Thursday, October 19, 2023


The Institute’s “Free Speech America” Gala will take place on October 19, 2023, at The Four Seasons Hotel in Washington. We will honor Bob Woodward with our Freedom of Speech Award and Michael Powell with our American Horizon Award.

Bob Woodward, Author

Bob Woodward
Freedom of Speech Award

Michael Powell

Michael Powell
NCTA President & CEO
American Horizon Award

Michael Powell

Curtis LeGeyt
NAB President & CEO
Featured Speaker

Donald E. Graham

Donald E. Graham
Graham Holdings Company
Freedom of Speech Presenter

Nilda Gumbs

Nilda Gumbs
NCTA Chief of Staff
American Horizon Presenter

Richard E. Wiley

Richard E. Wiley
Wiley Rein LLP
Master of Ceremonies

Obama Legal Vets: FCC Should Not Restore Net Neutrality Rules

Two former Obama-era solicitors general are arguing the FCC should not restore network neutrality rules eliminated under Republican Chair Ajit Pai. In a new paper  …  Read More »

New Bill ‘Attacks’ Big Tech Over Targeted Advertising

House and Senate Democrats have introduced a bill that could take a bite out of Big Tech’s online advertising marketplace by banning so-called surveillance   …  Read More »

Republicans Slam Biden Broadband Subsidy Program as Misguided, Wasteful

Republicans on the Senate Commerce Committee have released a report they said shows that the Biden Administration’s $42-billion-plus Broadband Equity  …  Read More »

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

U.S. Needs an Urgent Action Plan To Save Presidential Debates
By Stuart N. Brotman

The modern norm of televised presidential debates may not survive our highly polarized political environment, unless a new action plan is established soon to ensure …  Read More »

Explicitly Addressing College Self-Censorship in the New Academic Year
By Stuart N. Brotman

With the beginning of the college academic year, those of us teaching this fall are drafting various course syllabi – seeing what might be worth revisiting …  Read More »

Congress Needs Real Intelligence To Address Artificial Intelligence
By Stuart N. Brotman

In our age of hyper-partisan politics, one area that seems to be attracting notable bipartisan congressional concern, including various potential legislative …  Read More »

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 and letter.

Intervention by Media Outlets To Challenge Access Restrictions Is Essential

Physician’s Public-Official Status Is Key Under California Anti-SLAPP Law

Identities of State University Committee Members Should Be Public

TMI Board Chairman Dick Wiley (right) received the 2023 Edward F. McLaughlin Lifetime Achievement Award from the Broadcasters Foundation of America (BFOA) at the Plaza Hotel in New York on March 6, 2023. Pictured with Dick is BFOA Chairman Scott Herman.

(photo: Wendy Moger-Bross)

Media Institute Celebrates 40th Anniversary

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

Free Speech Week website

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

October 16-22, 2023
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