|For Immediate Release
May 10, 2012
Manassas, VA – National Religious Broadcasters (NRB), America’s preeminent association representing Christian broadcasters and communicators, is wading into a unique and volatile communications freedom issue – the collision course between free speech on the Internet and the free market power of new media companies like Apple, Google and Facebook to block viewpoints they don’t agree with. On May 15th, from 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. in Room 340 of the Cannon House Office Building in Washington, DC, NRB, through its John Milton Project for Religious Free Speech, will sponsor a ground-breaking discussion that will feature remarks from the office of Rep. Trent Franks and a panel of experts including the Honorable Robert McDowell, Commissioner with the Federal Communications Commission.
Dr. Frank Wright, NRB President & CEO, who will also deliver remarks before the panel discussion, notes, “This event will address one of the most important communications issues of our time: resolving the conflict between the free speech rights of citizen Internet users and the free market rights of new media companies to block otherwise lawful content because of the viewpoints expressed.”
Craig Parshall, NRB Senior Vice President and General Counsel, who heads the John Milton Project for Religious Free Speech, says, “The free market power of monolithic, web-based tech companies is on a collision course with the free speech interests of citizens, ministries, and organizations who use the Internet but who are at risk, as our John Milton Project white paper report, True Liberty in a New Media Age, illustrated last year, of having their Bible-based viewpoints censored off the web. This discussion comes none too early. We hope to forge an exploratory path to resolve this dilemma, where both freedom of speech and free enterprise can flourish.”
In addition to FCC Commissioner Robert McDowell, other panelists will include Ryan Anderson, William E. Simon Fellow in Religion and a Free Society at the Heritage Foundation; NRB’s Craig Parshall; and Kelly Shackelford, President & CEO of the Liberty Institute, a First Amendment legal group that argues religious liberty cases before the Supreme Court.
Space is limited. Members of the press and other attendees are strongly encouraged to RSVP to Erin Kube at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) is a non-partisan, international association of Christian communicators whose member organizations represent millions of listeners, viewers, and readers. Our mission is to advance biblical truth; to promote media excellence; and to defend free speech. In addition to promoting standards of excellence, integrity, and accountability, NRB provides networking, educational, ministry, and fellowship opportunities for its members. Learn more at www.nrb.org.
About The NRB Convention
The annual Convention & Exposition is the largest nationally and internationally recognized event dedicated solely to assist those in the field of Christian communications. The dynamic Exposition consists of nearly 200 companies and is an active marketplace for those seeking tools and services to expand their organizations. NRB 2013 will be held at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville, TN, March 2- 5, 2013.
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