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Friday, May 19 • 12:00 - 13:00
Does That Banner Yet Wave? The U.S. First Amendment as a Global Model

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During the 2016 presidential campaign in the United States, candidate Donald Trump called for “loosening up” libel laws to make it easier for public officials to sue the media successfully. As president, he has ordered government agencies not to communicate with the public or press, and he and members of his administration have almost daily accused the mainstream press of delivering “fake news” and being dishonest. Meanwhile, several state legislatures are considering bills that would put greater restrictions on citizens’ right to protest. All of this pressure on freedom of speech calls into question the United States’ position as a leader in promoting free expression around the world, which is sometimes referred to as “First Amendment exceptionalism.” If this leadership role is diminished, what effect could this have on efforts to strengthen protections for free expression elsewhere in the world?
Organised in partnership with the Media School at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana, USA.

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Anthony Fargo

Associate Professor, Indiana University
Anthony L. Fargo is an associate professor of journalism in The Media School at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana, USA. He also is the director of the Center for International Media Law and Policy Studies at IU. He earned his MA and Ph.D. at the University of Florida and his BA at Morehead State University. He has published numerous scholarly articles on the legal implications of... Read More →

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Daoud Kuttab

Director General, Community Media Network
An award-winning Palestinian journalist and media activist, Daoud Kuttab is the director-general of Community Media Network (CMN), a non-profit dedicated to advancing independent media in the Middle East. CMN is registered in both Jordan and Palestine and administers Amman.net and Radio Al Balad. Amman.net, which Kuttab established in 2000, was the Arab... Read More →
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Ashley Messenger

Senior Associate General Counsel, NPR
Ashley Messenger is senior associate general counsel at U.S. public radio network NPR, specialising in First Amendment, music, and media law issues. She previously served as editorial counsel to U.S. News & World Report and was the McCormick-Tribune Fellow at the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. Early in her career, she was a commercial radio talk show host (KTEG-FM, Albuquerque). She is an adjunct professor in the journalism school at American University and has previously taught media law at George Washington University and George Mason University. She has also taught First Amendment law at the University of Michigan Law School. Messenger is the author of a textbook explaining First Amendment and media law principles... Read More →
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Amy Kristin Sanders

Associate Professor in Residence, Journalism Program, Northwestern University in Qatar
Amy Kristin Sanders is an award-winning U.S. journalist and licensed attorney. Before joining the faculty of Northwestern University in Qatar, she earned tenure at the University of Minnesota, where her research focused on the intersection of law and new technology as it relates to media freedom. Specifically, she studies offensive speech on the Internet, social media, telecommunication regulation and media policy. In addition to her research, she advises organisations on media law and ethics, serving as an expert witness and consultant to Fortune 500 companies, international governments and law firms regarding regulatory proceedings, policy development and pending litigation. At NU-Q, she has developed and taught courses on comparative media law, media ethics, sports and the media, and media and society. | | *Northwestern University in Qatar is... Read More →


Friday May 19, 2017 12:00 - 13:00
House of the Patriotic Society (Kirchhof Room)

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