|For Immediate Release
September 13, 2011
Manassas, VA – On September 15th, NRB will unveil the first report of the John Milton Project for Religious Free Speech at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. This groundbreaking report concludes an 18-month study headed by NRB Sr. Vice President & General Counsel Craig Parshall, evaluating the practices and policies of new media technology companies to determine the risk of religious viewpoint censorship occurring on their platforms. Specifically, the report highlights the practices of Apple and its iTunes App Store, Google, Facebook, MySpace, and Twitter, as well as Internet service providers AT&T, Comc ast and Verizon. "When we started our John Milton Project for Religious Free Speech, I sensed a gathering storm building, with 'new media' companies like Apple, Facebook and Google considering the option of censoring Christian content off their sites," said Parshall. "Now, a little more than a year later, after finishing our extensive study, I am convinced that religious free speech rights will face a First Amendment hurricane if action is not taken immediately."
Thursday’s press announcement will be made at 10 a.m. in the Zenger Room of the National Press Club (529 14th Street NW, Washington, DC), followed immediately by a panel discussion of experts who will examine the findings of the first report of the John Milton Project for Religious Free Speech. Panelists will include Harold Furchtgott-Roth, former FCC Commissioner and Founder/Director of the Center for Economics of the Internet at the Hudson Institute; Craig Parshall, NRB Sr. Vice President & General Counsel; Colby May, Senior Counsel and Director of the Washington, DC, office of the American Center for Law and Justice, and Suzanne Caruso, Associate Dean for External Affairs, Liberty University School of Law. Mr. Brian Walsh, Executive Director of the American Religious Freedom Program at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, will moderate.
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.
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