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October 5, 2006
Dennis Wharton
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NABEF Launches New PSAs to Commemorate National Freedom of Speech Week

WASHINGTON, DC - The NAB Education Foundation has launched a new public service announcement campaign commemorating the second annual National Freedom of Speech Week, October 16 - 20. The new PSAs, made available to radio and television stations, enlist Americans to reflect on what freedom of speech means in their everyday lives.

"Freedom of speech is fundamental to American democracy and a gift from our Founding Fathers," said NAB President and CEO David K. Rehr. "NAB is proud to sponsor this annual campaign and urges local stations to air these PSAs."

The new PSAs will be made available online and will include a section entitled Programming Ideas for stations. Examples include:

  • Work with local schools to encourage students to submit on-air editorials on issues facing the community and young people.
  • Produce a historical vignette about the First Amendment and freedom of speech for broadcast. Interview local history teachers, government officials and others about how freedom of speech has shaped the history of your community and the nation as a whole.

National Freedom of Speech Week was first launched in 2005 to highlight the importance of free speech, a constitutional right that is an essential part of sustaining our democracy.

About NABEF The National Association of Broadcasters Education Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to serving the public interest in supporting and advocating: education and training programs, strategies to increase diversity, initiatives stressing the importance of the First Amendment, community service, philanthropy, and other timely broadcasting issues.

About NAB
The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) is a trade association that advocates on behalf of more than 8,300 free, local radio and television stations and broadcast networks before Congress, the Federal Communications Commission and the Courts. Information about NAB can be found at


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