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Oct 06, 2014

Newseum Institute to Host Debate on Global Press Freedom in the 21st Century

WASHINGTON — Editors and reporters from America and Europe will discuss the state of press freedom around the world and explore the key challenges that lie ahead during “Press Freedom in the 21st Century,” a one-day conference at the Newseum, located at 555 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W. The event, which takes place Nov. 5, 2014, from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET, is free and open to the public, but seats may be reserved on the Newseum’s website.

The program features a transatlantic panel of speakers, including Nick Gillespie, editor-in-chief of; Brendan O’Neill, editor of Spiked magazine; Simon Marks, president of Feature Story News; Mark Little, CEO of Storyful; and Gene Policinski, chief operating officer of the Newseum Institute.

The panel will discuss the view that it is no longer just governments and politicians who see a free press as troublesome or biased, but also the public and even some journalists. Panel members will explore why press freedom has fallen so far out of favor and discuss if today’s discomfort with a free press speaks to a corrosion of Western values. The panel also will consider whether the Jeffersonian view of press freedom is essential to democracy and stability.

“We’re pleased to join with Spiked magazine, and with journalists who offer an international perspective on press freedom, to discuss the challenges facing a free press in today’s 24/7 Web-linked world, including the questions of who is a journalist and what’s included under the label of ‘free press,’” said Policinski.

The event also is supported by News Corp, a network of leading companies in diversified media, news, education and information services.

About the Freedom Forum Institute

The Freedom Forum Institute is the education and outreach partner of the Freedom Forum and the Newseum. The Institute includes the First Amendment Center, the Religious Freedom Center, the Newseum’s education department and diversity and inclusion programs. The Freedom Forum Institute’s affiliate organizations include the Al Neuharth Media Center at the University of South Dakota; the Overby Center for Southern Journalism and Politics at the University of Mississippi; and the John Seigenthaler Center at Vanderbilt University. The Freedom Forum Institute is a 501(c)(3) public charity funded by generous individuals, corporations and foundations, including its principal funder, the Freedom Forum.

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