On March 21, the UNC Center for Media Law and Policy hosted George Freeman, executive director of the Media Law Resource Center and former assistant general counsel of the New York Times Co. Mr. Freeman discussed the challenges to press freedom that are likely to arise (and have already arisen) under the Trump administration. Mr. Freeman, provides opening remarks on this subject, then sits down with Professor Mary-Rose Papandrea, a noted First Amendment expert, for an open-ended conversation that explores the administration’s positions on executive branch transparency, journalists’ access to government officials, whistleblower protections, the scope of defamation law, and respect for journalists, among other topics.
The election of Donald Trump has thrust issues of media law and press freedom into the limelight in ways not seen since the Watergate era. As a candidate and now President, Trump has rankled journalists and First Amendment scholars with his controversial positions on a range of issues, including executive branch transparency, the scope of defamation law, and the protection of satire and parody. Please join us for what will undoubtedly be a energetic and entertaining discussion of what the Trump Administration could mean for freedom of the press in America.