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  • Free Expression and Global Media
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    Free Expression and Global Media

    Mr. Rushdie spoke about free expression and freedom of the press. He discussed the problems he has encountered as a result of publishing his book, The Satanic Verses and announced that it…

  • Close Up on CSPAN Anniversary
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    Close Up on C-SPAN Anniversary

    Close Up Foundation marked 25 years of its programs on C-SPAN. Founder Mr. Janger, Mr. Bond, and Mr. Milewski talked about the history of Close Up Foundation and C-SPAN, showing video clips…

  • Religious Liberty
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    Religious Liberty

    Former Chief Justice Burger spoke on “Religious Liberty: Crisis or Crossroads?” He described the changes he has observed in religion in the U.S., such as increased ecumenicity. He talked…

  • Media and Race Relations
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    Media and Race Relations

    Mr. Overby spoke about diversity in newsrooms, noting that less than 12 percent of media personnel were members of minority groups. Among the issues he addressed were improving recruiting…

  • Journalism Initiatives
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    Journalism Initiatives

    Following a tribute to the late cartoonist Charles Schultz, participants announced the creation of two endowments to support high school journalism and to recruit minority journalists.

  • Fairness in Reporting
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    Fairness in Reporting

    Mr. Overby discussed the importance of freedom of the press and also fairness in reporting. He discussed five aspects of fair reporting, accuracy, balance, completeness, detachment of…

  • 30th Anniversary of 60 Minutes
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    30th Anniversary of "60 Minutes"

    A panel of its editors and correspondents discussed the history of “60 Minutes,” the CBS news magazine debuted in September 1968. Mr. Hewitt was a creator of the program. The panelists also…

  • Journalists and the Internet
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    Journalists and the Internet

    This program includes the introduction and keynote speech by Mr. Case as he kicked off the seminar on how the Internet and technology have changed the workings of journalism. Mr. Case…

  • Media Accountability
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    Media Accountability

    At the dedication of a new building for the Freedom Forum Media Studies Center in New York, Mr. Wallace spoke about the lack of public trust in the news media. He focused on the need for a body of…

  • emThe System The American Way of Politicsem
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    The System: The American Way of Politics

    Mr. Broder and Mr. Johnson talked about their new book, The System: The American Way of Politics at the Breaking Point, published by Little, Brown and Company. The book examines in detail how…

  • Congress and the Media
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    Congress and the Media

    Lawmakers, First Amendment advocacy and monitoring groups and journalists talked about issues faced when covering the legislative process. Following their prepared remarks, the panelists…

  • Media Congressional Coverage
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    Media Congressional Coverage

    Participants discussed several aspects of the relationship between the media and congress including its past and present, and what forces may be shaping this relationship in the future.…

  • China Issues
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    China Issues

    In his first official speech as Ambassador to China, Ambassador Sasser talked about his plans. Following his prepared remarks, he took questions from the audience.

  • Unibomber Manifesto Publish or Perish
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    Unibomber Manifesto: Publish or Perish?

    The participants discussed the decision by The Washington Post and the New York Times to publish a lengthy statement by the “unibomber.” The FBI has been investigating the man known as the “unibomber”…

  • Washington Monday Journal
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    Washington Monday Journal

    Current news events and political issues were examined through reviews of morning newspapers; interviews with journalists, newsmakers and legislators; and viewer telephone calls, faxes and…

  • Clinton Presidency in the New Media Age
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    Clinton Presidency in the New Media Age

    The Freedom Forum sponsored a look at the presidency and the media during a discussion held in Arlington, Virginia, sponsored by Columbia University. Journalists and scholars address…

  • American Indian Issues
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    American Indian Issues

    Ms. Mankiller discussed her recent book Mankiller: A Chief and Her People. She addressed the issue of tribal governments and her motivation for writing the book.

  • Foreign News Coverage
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    Foreign News Coverage

    Participants discussed freedom of the press and the issues that surround international reporting. Following opening statements, the guests took questions concerning these issues. Following…

  • Technology Influences on Democracy
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    Technology Influences on Democracy

    Participants discussed the influence of technology on the state of democracy throughout the world. They spoke about information systems and the intrusive aspect on expanding technology.

  • Freedom of the Press
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    Freedom of the Press

    Mr. Shaw spoke about the need for aggressive government action to reduce poverty and violence in the U.S. He suggested that the election of President Clinton meant that the country wanted…

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