To Do

From the release:

    As part of Sunshine Week 2007, the Free Expression Network (FEN) and coalition member the American Civil Liberties Union will host a Capitol Hill briefing on the state of the First Amendment.

    What: Sunshine Week First Amendment Briefing

    Who: Greg Proops, comedian
    Ronald Collins, First Amendment Center
    James Tucker, ACLU Washington Legislative Office
    Christopher Pifer, American Friends Service Committee
    Jay Dyckman, National Coalition Against Censorship
    Julie Sternberg, ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project

    When: 2:00pm Tuesday, March 13, 2007

    WHERE: Rm. 2226, Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, DC

    Topics to be covered include:

    -Reporters’ shield laws and their importance to a free press
    -Abstinence-only programs and the censorship of medically accurate information
    -Scientific censorship and its harm to scientific progress and impartial research
    -FBI and DoD domestic spying and its chilling effect on the marketplace of ideas

    In addition, the American Civil Liberties Union will release its new report, “Publish and Perish: The Need for a Federal Reporters’ Shield Law.” The report reveals that journalists in America are at greater risk of imprisonment for protecting their sources than at any time in history, and details ways freedom of the press can be balanced with the need to protect our collective security.

    The National Coalition Against Censorship will also release “Political Science: A report on censorship of science from The Knowledge Project of the National Coalition Against Censorship.” This report details the First Amendment implications of politically motivated suppression and censorship of scientific research.