Program will celebrate First Amendment Champions

Contact:


Judith Platt (AAP) (202) 220-4551


Larra Clark (ALA) (312) 280-5043


Bridget Cross (PEN) (212) 334-1660 x 116


Chris Finan (ABFFE) (212) 587-4025 x15

For Immediate Release:
September 27, 2006

Program will celebrate First Amendment Champions

September 27, 2006, Washington, DC:
Eight
individuals who have taken risky, at times harrowing, stands on behalf of the First Amendment in recent months will discuss their experiences at program to be held tomorrow, September 28 at the National Press Club in Washington, DC.

Forum participants who have, in one way or another, come face-to-face with a government that is increasingly intruding into the private lives of its citizens while it hides its own actions behind a veil of secrecy, are: Pulitzer Prize-winning

New York Times

reporter

James Risen

, who exposed the warrantless surveillance program being carried out by the NSA and who has been threatened with espionage proceedings; journalist and author


Mark Feldstein,

who was visited at home
by FBI agents demanding access to his research documents for a biography of Jack Anderson
to ferret out
“classified” documents that may have been leaked to Anderson decades ago;

Brian Ross

and

Richard Esposito,

ABC Nightly News reporters who broke stories on secret CIA prisons and harsh interrogation techniques and who learned in the process their phone calls from government sources were being monitored;
and

Barbara Bailey, George Christian, Peter Chase, and Janet Nocek

, the four “John Doe” librarians from Connecticut who successfully challenged an FBI attempt to gain patron information using a National Security Letter.

The program, which
will take place in the Press Club’s First Amendment Lounge from 12 noon until 2:00 p.m., is being sponsored by The Campaign for Reader Privacy and the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression in celebration of the 25
th observance of Banned Books Week.
The Campaign is a joint initiative of the American Library Association, the American Booksellers Association, the Association of American Publishers, and PEN American Center,
seeking to protect the freedom of all Americans to read what they choose without the government’s knowledge or interference.
Banned Books Week is an annual celebration to remind us that the freedom to read can never be taken for granted.

There is no charge to attend but

space is limited and reservations are required!

RSVP to:
jplatt@publishers.org.