Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Register now for First Amendment assembly

Registration is being accepted online for the California First Amendment Coalition's 12th annual Free Speech and Open Government Assembly, Oct. 25 and 26 at the USC Annenberg School for Communication in Los Angeles. The assembly will bring together the best and brightest of law, journalism and public policy. New Yorker Magazine writer and book author Jeffrey Toobin will be there to talk about secrecy and the U.S. Supreme Court. Journalists Judith Miller, Josh Wolf and Earl Caldwell will discuss going to jail to protect the secrecy of confidential sources. Panel discussions will cover the following topics: Student speech, citizen media, access law, sources and shields, tribal secrecy, personal privacy vs. public access, national security and government access, police secrecy, immigration reporting, geographic information system-assisted reporting and information technology. Awards will also be presented to leaders in First Amendment advocacy. Registration is $25 before Oct. 1 and $50 after.

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