The Friends of the Millicent Library and the New England First Amendment Coalition sponsored free pael discussion on Wednesday evening, May 23, in the library’s Community Auditorium: “The First Amendment, Freedom of the Press, and the Right to Read.”
Ed Fitzpatrick, Director of Media and Public Relations at Roger Williams University, moderated a distinguished panel: Karen Bordeleau, Retired Executive Editor, Providence Journal; Chris Daly, Journalism Professor, Boston University; and Gregory V. Sullivan, Media Attorney, Malloy & Sullivan.
Some of the topics discussed were what the First Amendment is and isn’t; the meaning of “fake news”; how we can become better-informed consumers of news; the limits on freedom of speech and the press; and the history of press freedom.
At the end of the session, the panel was asked to rate the threat to First Amendment from 1 (nothing to worry about) to 10 (time to lose sleep), and their ratings averaged out to about 10.5.
The discussion followed the annual meeting of the Friends of the Millicent Library, at which officers and board members for 2018 to 2020 were elected.
The 2018 officers are President, Beth Luey; Vice President, Linda Kushner; Treasurer, Wendy Drumm; Corresponding Secretary, Eleanor Crowell. Board members are: Mark Badwey, Martha Berg, Kathleen Clement, Kenneth Lipman, Marianne Muray, Mary Beth Yarmac, Janice Randall.
NEFAC was formed in 2006 to advance and protect the Five Freedoms of the First Amendment, including the principle of the public’s right to know. We’re a broad-based organization of people who believe in the power of an informed democratic society. Our members include lawyers, journalists, historians, academics and private citizens.
The coalition is funded through contributions made by those who value the First Amendment and who strive to keep government accountable.
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