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Amazon.com Founder Jeff Bezos and BET Founder Robert L. Johnson To Be Honored at Media Institute Awards Banquet
FOR RELEASE: October 23, 2000
Contact: Richard T. Kaplar
The Media Institute
Washington, Oct. 23 - Amazon.com founder and CEO Jeff Bezos is the recipient of The Media Institute's 2000 Freedom of Speech Award. Robert L. Johnson, founder, chairman, and CEO of BET Holdings II, will receive the Institute's American Horizon Award.
The awards will be presented Wed., Oct. 25 at The Media Institute's Friends & Benefactors Awards Banquet at the Four Seasons Hotel in Washington.
Special guest Rep. Rick Boucher (D-Va.), member of the House Telecommunications Subcommittee, will be the featured speaker. Communications attorney and former FCC chairman Richard E. Wiley will serve as master of ceremonies.
Tom Brokaw, anchor and managing editor of "NBC Nightly News With Tom Brokaw," will present the Freedom of Speech Award to Bezos. FCC Chairman William E. Kennard will present the American Horizon Award to Johnson. Mimi Feller, senior vice president of public affairs and government relations for Gannett Co., Inc., will introduce Rep. Boucher.
Jeff Bezos turned Amazon.com into the world's leading online retailer, making books available to customers in more than 150 countries. The Freedom of Speech Award recognizes his role in bringing authors and their ideas to a global audience, at times over the objections of local governments.
Robert L. Johnson founded BET in 1980 and built it into the country's leading African-American owned and operated media company with cable channels, movies, publishing, and other ventures. The American Horizon Award recognizes his leadership in the communications industry.