Free Speech Week

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About Free Speech Week

Free Speech Week is a nonpartisan, non-ideological event designed to raise awareness and celebrate the importance of free speech and a free press in the United States. This year Free Speech Week is October 18-24, 2021.

News Media Alliance is a Free Speech Week partner, along with a variety of organizations and educational institutions that believe in the value of freedom of speech. Click here to view a list of Free Speech Week Partners.

Partners offer resources and host activities during Free Speech Week, including webinars, quizzes, contests and more. Click here for ideas on how your organization can participate in Free Speech Week.

For more information about Free Speech Week, visit


Free Press page

View all News Media Alliance posts about free speech and freedom of the press.

Infographic: The History of Press Freedom in America

Facts Are the Language of America,” 2018 Free Speech Week op-ed by News Media Alliance President & CEO David Chavern – “To fortify and flourish, we need to protect free speech. Journalists must be able to do their jobs without fear of censorship so that readers have unfettered access to the facts. Free speech is our most important tool in challenging abuses of power.”

News Media Are the First and Most Effective Means for Exercising Our Five First Amendment Freedoms,” 2019 National Newspaper Week op-ed by News Media Alliance President & CEO David Chavern – “Through news media, citizens can express themselves and advocate for their causes, whether they be political, religious or just personally meaningful to us; share our thoughts and ideas; petition the government; and plan assemblies. News media can be our own personal amplifier for sharing our unique perspectives, as well as a wider lens through which to view and engage with our communities.”

Why Students Need the Full First Amendment,” 2020 Free Speech Week column by News Media Alliance Fall/Winter 2020 Alliance communications intern, Jennifer Nehrer – “In order to ensure that student voices are heard, schools should not limit the freedoms of speech that are given to citizens outside of the schoolyard.”

Free Speech Week Resources

Below are several resources and materials on Free Speech that can be used in your newspaper publications, as well as online and on social media.

Free Speech Week Logo and Tagline

Download official Free Speech Week logo and tagline

Social Media Resources

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Show your support by changing your social media profile image during Free Speech Week.

Download the Free Speech Week social media badge here.

In addition, use the hashtag #freedomspeaks to follow and participate in the conversation about free speech week on Twitter!

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