The National Cable & Telecommunications Association and the Motion Picture Association of America are celebrating Free Speech Week, which kicks off today (Oct. 21), by co-hosting a discussion Oct. 22 with iconic First Amendment lawyer Floyd Abrams, moderated by Barbara Cochran, Curtis B. Hurley Chair in Public Policy Journalism at the University of Missouri School of Journalism.
MPAA chair Chris Dodd is chairman of the Free Speech Weed Advisory council and NCTA president Michael Powell is a member of the council.
Abrams is a partner in Cahill Gordon & Reindel and has argued numerous cases before the Supreme Court, represented the New York Times in the Pentagon Papers case, and has represented ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, Time magazine, and others in trials and appeals.
Free Speech Week, always the third week in October, was founded by The Media Institute and provides a forum for discussion/celebration of First Amendment freedoms. This year's partners, in addition to NCTA and MPAA, include the National Association of Broadcasters, USTelecom, the Consumer Electronics Association, The Newspaper Association of America, Clear Channel, NPR, and various colleges and Universities.
Organizers encourage participants--schools, PTAs, companies--to display their support for First Amendment rights by exercising them, from displaying a bumper sticker or yard sign, to blogging, tweeting, debating or writing their legislator.
For more ideas on celebrating Free Speech week, check out http://www.freespeechweek.org/.