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Media Institute and NAB Education Foundation Announce First Annual "National Freedom of Speech Week"

FOR RELEASE: October 4, 2005

Contact: Richard T. Kaplar
The Media Institute
703-243-5700

 

Washington, Oct. 4 - The Media Institute with the National Association of Broadcasters Education Foundation (NABEF) is launching the first annual National Freedom of Speech Week, October 17 - 23.

National Freedom of Speech Week was created to highlight the importance of free speech, a constitutional right that is an essential part of sustaining our democratic form of government. Free speech in the 21st century can take many forms - blogging, protesting for your favorite cause, slapping a bumper sticker on your vehicle, posting a note on the internet, or calling to voice an opinion with a radio or television station.

In designating the third week of October as National Freedom of Speech Week, we hope that organizations throughout the country will draw attention to the importance of this constitutional right. For ideas on ways to celebrate freedom of speech week, visit www.nabef.org/freespeech/.

National events will include an NABEF luncheon and The Media Institute's annual black tie banquet, both to be held in Washington. The NABEF luncheon, on Oct. 18, will feature a panel discussion at the National Press Club, 12 noon - 2:30 p.m. The Media Institute's banquet will be held on Oct. 19, where it will present its Freedom of Speech award.

Other organizations participating in the celebration include: American Association of Advertising Agencies, American Bar Association, Americans for the Arts, National Constitution Center, and National Endowment for the Humanities. Each will conduct its own activities in celebration of National Freedom of Speech Week.

The National Association of Broadcasters Education Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving the public interest in supporting and advocating: education and training programs, strategies to increase diversity, initiatives stressing the importance of the First Amendment, community service, philanthropy, and other timely broadcasting issues.

The Media Institute is a nonprofit research foundation specializing in communications policy and First Amendment issues. The Institute advocates and encourages freedom of speech, a competitive communications industry, and excellence in journalism. For more information, visit the Institute's Web site at www.mediainstitute.org.

For more information about National Freedom of Speech Week, click www.nabef.org.