Among the invaluable roles the news media play in American democracy is zealous advocacy for and protection of the First Amendment right to speak freely.
Free speech is often not pleasant. Speech is messy and we often disagree with the speech we hear from others. But supporting the right to speech, and countering it with more speech if desired, separates us from other, more repressive nations and governments. And we saw that on display in Charlottesville recently.
This Tuesday, Sept. 12, the Madison Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, the UW-Madison School of Journalism and the UW-Madison center for Journalism Ethics are hosting a discussion on The Future of Free Speech and the First Amendment. Topics will include hate speech, libel laws and intellectual diversity on campus.
The public is invited and we hope the public will turn out from 7-8:30 p.m. at Union South. I guarantee you this, speech will be welcomed.
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