Free Speech: The Language of America®
SAVE THE DATE! Free Speek Week October 16-22, 2017
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Free Speech is a right all Americans share 365 days a year. Free Speech Week (FSW) is an annual, non-partisan celebration of this core value. Join us!


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Learn more about becoming a Partnering Organization. Registration is free and takes just a few minutes.


Our Partnering Organizations keep good company. Here are some of the groups participating in 2016.


Click to watch the winning TV spot in the 2016 NABEF & BEA Freedom of Speech PSA student contest: "Protect Our Future" by Felicia Tonga of Andrews University. See the other winning entry and learn more about this annual contest on the NABEF website. Great job, Felicia!

Looking to schedule a speaker for FSW '16? The Media Law Resource Center (MLRC) Institute can help. Through their First Amendment Speakers Bureau, a speaker can be arranged at no cost to you. Learn more.

Looking to schedule a speaker for FSW '15? The Media Law Resource Center (MLRC) Institute can help. Through their First Amendment Speakers Bureau, a reporter, editor or media lawyer can conduct a presentation at your organization or school at no cost to you. Learn more here.


Click to watch Free Speech in the Digital Age, a panel presented by the NABEF and NCTA for FSW '15. Includes representatives from Facebook and the Huffington Post.
Friday, Oct. 23, 9:15 ET: Free Speech in the Digital Age - panel includes representatives from Facebook and The Huffington Post. Hosted by he NABEF and NCTA. Click here to register to watch online.

Partnering Organizations hold any activity of their choosing to mark FSW. For inspiration try Activities in the Spotlight and Celebration Ideas.


Freedom of Speech artwork by Everett Spruill

Speech is often visual. Learn more about the "Freedom of Speech" mixed media series created by artist Everett Spruill.


Click to listen to "The Right to Photograph & Record in Public" hosted by the NPPA in recognition of FSW '15. Hear perspectives from panelists such as award-winning photojournalist Mannie Garcia; John Verdi, the Director of Privacy Initiatives at the U.S. Dept. of Commerce and First Amendment attorney Chuck Tobin on general constitutional questions (i.e. search and seizure) as well as practical advice regarding best way to handle such situations.

Click to hear "Voice Your Freedom" - the winning radio spot in the 2015 NABEF Freedom of Speech PSA student contest by Taylor Mefford, Texas A&M University - Commerce. See the other winning entries on the NABEF website. Congratulations, Taylor!

Click to learn more about the Foundational for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) Stand Up for Speech Project on their website.

Activities in the Spotlight

Illinois College
National Press Photographers Association
North Central College
Yale University Information Society Project