On Oct. 20, the Newseum Institute and The Media Institute co-hosted a panel discussion, “Free Speech: Still the ‘American Way’?” which brought First Amendment experts together to address today’s free expression issues. The discussion, moderated by Newseum President and CEO Jeffrey Herbst, focused on the nation’s commitment to freedom of speech today. It was held to commemorate the 12th annual Free Speech Week, a nonpartisan event that spotlights the importance of free speech in our democracy.
In his introduction, journalist John M. Seigenthaler said he was “most concerned about free press in this country. And given the political campaign that’s going on right now, it is even more disturbing than it’s been in a long time.”
Panelists included Rodney A. Smolla, award-winning author and First Amendment scholar; Robert Corn-Revere, notable First Amendment attorney; John Watson, lawyer, journalist and American University professor; and John M. Seigenthaler, former NBC, MSNBC and Al Jazeera America news anchor.