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Lawrence Lessig: The Importance of Independent Media

Lawrence Lessig talks with FSTV's Marcy Miranda on the importance of Independent Media and their role in the current political landscape.

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Lawrence Lessig and Creative Commons

Free Speech TV's own Marcy Miranda had an opportunity to meet with lawyer and activist Lawrence Lessig. The two discuss the state of the Creative Commons movement and its relationship to the upcoming election. Full interview here

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FSTV talks campaign finance reform with Lawrence Lessig

Free Speech TV's own Marcy Miranda had an opportunity to meet with lawyer and activist, Lawrence Lessig. The two discuss campaign finance reform and how his organization is working to educate the public on this critical issue. To see the full interview, go here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hGWnYW084FM

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FSTV interview with Lawrence Lessig

Copyright lawyer and activist, Lawrence Lessig sits down with Free Speech TV's Marcy Miranda. Lessig discusses campaign finance issues, pending internet legislation, election, and the relationship to digital culture.

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Manhattan Neighborhood Network and Free Speech TV to Broadcast Immigration Town Hall Discussion

For Immediate Release

MNN Contact: Linda Romano, 212-757-2670, x352 or [email protected]

Free Speech TV Contact: Valerie Appelbaum, Director of Development, 303-542-4833 or [email protected]


Manhattan Neighborhood Network and Free Speech TV to Broadcast Immigration Town Hall Discussion

Veteran journalist Francesca Maxime and panelists offer insight into the Trump administration’s plans for immigration policy.

New York, March 6, 2017 -- Manhattan Neighborhood Network (MNN) and Free Speech TV (FSTV) co-hosted an immigration town hall that will air on Tuesday, March 7 at 8pm ET on both MNN Elects (Spectrum channel 1301 and FiOS channel 39 for Manhattan viewers or streaming online worldwide at mnn.org) and Free Speech TV (DISH 9415, DIRECTV 348 or streaming on Roku, Amazon Fire, Android TV and freespeech.org).

Led by veteran journalist Francesca Maxime, “What’s at Stake: Immigration” featured a panel of experts who discussed the implications of the new administration’s immigration policies, explained why immigrants are in danger, analyzed what to expect moving forward and provided insight into how the public can prepare. The town hall was taped in front of a live audience at the MNN El Barrio Firehouse Community Media Center in East Harlem, where members had the opportunity to ask the panel questions.

“Manhattan is the epicenter of the national immigration debate,” said MNN President & CEO Dan Coughlin, “and we’re proud to work with Free Speech TV to provide an in-depth analysis of what immigration policies mean for communities.”

With the Trump administration’s immigration Executive Order being rewritten and ICE raids moving full speed ahead, immigrants across the country are living in fear of what’s next. In this televised discussion, watch Maxime and a panel of six immigration experts shed light on the proposed bans on who can enter the country, increased border security, the future of sanctuary cities and more.

Understanding the complexity of immigration issues, Kareem Awadalla, Egyptian journalist and panelist noted, “We (Arabs) do not think the way you (Americans) think that we think.”

Featured panelists include:

  • Kareem Awadalla, Egyptian journalist and talk show host

  • Angela Fernandez, Northern Manhattan Coalition for Immigrant Rights

  • Nida Khan, Muslim broadcast, radio and print journalist.

  • Carl Lipscombe, Policy and Legal Manager, Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI)

  • Stephanie Llanes, Attorney, Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR)

  • Nabila Taj, Immigration Attorney

“This Town Hall is a great example of how two leading independent media institutions can work together to offer usually unexplored insight into pressing issues,” said Ron Williams, Executive Director of Free Speech TV.

“What’s at Stake: Immigration” will air on Tuesday, March 7 at 8pm ET on MNN Elects (Spectrum 1301 and FiOS channel 39 for Manhattan viewers or streaming live online worldwide at mnn.org) and on Free Speech TV (DISH 9415, DIRECTV 348 or streaming on Roku, Amazon Fire, Android TV and freespeech.org). During the broadcast, FSTV will host a Twitter Chat with panelists from the Town Hall. Please join us online during the chat using #FreeSpeechTV and follow us @freespeechtv.


About Manhattan Neighborhood Network

Founded in 1992, Manhattan Neighborhood Network  is New York City’s free public-access cable network. Operating five channels (Community, Lifestyle, Spirit, Culture and HD Community) and reaching over 600,000 cable subscribers in the Manhattan area, MNN is the largest public-access cable network in the nation, with programs airing in more than 40 languages. Find MNN on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and at MNN.org.

In 2012, MNN opened a state-of-the-art community media center at the old Engine Co. 53 Firehouse on East 104th Street in East Harlem. The facility features three HD production studios, including a three-camera studio, as well as editing services and a Youth Media Center.  The Firehouse offers classes in English and Spanish and hosts community events throughout the year.

MNN also produces the cable and digital channel NYXT.nyc (pronounced next dot n.y.c.). Presented in partnership with more than 60 Manhattan community-based organizations, NYXT.nyc shines a spotlight on groups that are working to connect people and build neighborhoods. NYXT.nyc is available on TWC 1992, FiOS 38, and online at nyxt.nyc. 


About Free Speech TV

Free Speech TV (freespeech.org) is a national, independent, nonprofit news network committed to advancing progressive social change.  As the alternative to media networks owned by billionaires, governments and corporations, FSTV elevates unique perspectives through daily news programs, independent documentaries and special events coverage.

Free Speech TV reaches over 38 million households nationally on DISH (channel 9415), DIRECTV (348), and over 150 community cable affiliates. FSTV streams live at freespeech.org and is available on Roku, Amazon Fire and Android TV.  FSTV believes a more just and democratic world is possible when the media empowers people with the information they need to fight for what matters.

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A Special Message From Our Executive Director

"It may not be good for America, but it's damn good for CBS," said CBS Chairman Les Moonves. "Man, who would have expected the ride we're all having right now? ...The money's rolling in and this is fun. ...I've never seen anything like this, and this is going to be a very good year for us. Sorry. It's a terrible thing to say. But, bring it on, Donald. Keep going.”

Dear Friend:

Our small staff of 17 people in Denver is worried. 

Given the recent election cycle and events unfolding daily, we believe our fiercely independent television network may soon face challenges and threats unlike anything we have experienced before.

I am writing to ask you to stand with us, to make a statement that you will join us in defending our democratic system's first line of defense--a free and independent press.

For over two decades Free Speech TV has been a rare and courageous part of American television, enriching the marketplace of ideas by providing a 24/7 platform to amplify voices and lift up issues that would otherwise be ignored or silenced.

We know that playing this role in 2017 will be more critical than ever. But the skies are darkening for the media, especially for those of us who are willing to pursue facts and ask the tough questions.

There is no doubt that the mainstream media played a major role in the outcome of the election. CBS Chairman Les Moonves could barely contain his glee as he described (above) how profitable this citizen-united fueled election cycle has been for his massive corporate media empire. He is alone among his mainstream peers only in his level of public candor.

It is estimated that the Trump campaign received a whopping $4.96 BILLION in free media during the primary and general election cycles.

In spite of that, the darkest clouds in the sky are coming from the president-elect, who has exhibited a level of hostility and unaccountability toward the media that is unprecedented in modern politics:

  • Trump’s team is claiming that he is too busy to answer questions from journalists. Since the election, the President-elect has not held a press conference nor allowed the press pool to follow him. In fact, it has been July 27 since Trump's last press conference. 

  • On the campaign trial, the candidate chillingly vowed to "...open up the libel laws so when they write purposely negative and horrible and false articles, we can sue them and win lots of money."

  •  “Trump Slams Media Elite, Face to Face,” blared the Drudge Report. “Trump Eats Press,” wrote Breitbart News, describing a November 21 meeting with members of the mainstream media. One participant said, "Trump kept saying, 'We’re in a room of liars, the deceitful, dishonest media who got it all wrong.'" 

It is clear that if you can successfully bully and threaten the press, intimidate the media, then publishers, editors and reporters will be less likely to take risks, to do their job.

You can count on Free Speech TV to continue to bring you reporting and analysis you won't find anywhere else. To not back down or give one inch when our basic freedoms are at stake.

David Pakman and Sonali Kolhatkar will be there for you. So will Amy Goodman and Bill Press. Thom Hartmann and Stephanie Miller. Elon James White and Gay USA.

We have two powerful allies that give us strength and confidence in these difficult times.

The first is one of the bedrocks of our democracy. It’s called the First Amendment:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

The second is you, our viewer--those of you who have been watching and appreciating our uncompromised and fearless public interest broadcasting service over the years.  To those who have donated to Free Speech TV, you have my profound gratitude.

For those of you never having had the opportunity to give, we need your help. If there ever was a time for you to send us a message of encouragement and financial support, this is the time.

FSTV was built for this historical moment, where the ability of a free press to do its job will be vital to our society weathering the storms ahead. 

Several of our viewers have just stepped forward in an extraordinary way, recognizing the urgent situation the planet and our country are confronting. But more help is needed to keep Free Speech TV providing trusted news and information.

Since the successful conclusion of our recent pledge drive, we have received a new $200,000 match. These generous donors are inviting you to join them in making an end of the year, tax-deductible donation to Free Speech TV, by agreeing to match dollar for dollar any contribution you make up to that amount.   

If you have never given to Free Speech TV in the past, this is a special invitation to join us at this time of crisis.

Will you stand with us in defending our democratic system's first line of defense--a free and independent press?

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Thank you,

Ron Williams

Executive Director 

12/20/16

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Free Speech TV to Cover 2016 Republican and Democratic Conventions

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 20, 2016

Contact Marie Medina

Telephone (303) 542-4807

Email [email protected] 

Website www.freespeech.org


Free Speech TV to Cover 2016 Republican and Democratic Conventions

Crashing the Party 2016 

Special correspondents former Ohio State Senator Nina Turner and Comedian Will Durst

Cleveland, OH, July 20, 2016 - Reporting directly from the convention halls and streets of Cleveland and Philadelphia, Free Speech TV, will direct a team of award-winning journalists and hosts who will highlight issues and lift up voices shut out of the national dialogue by corporate media filters.  Money in politics, racial justice, immigration, economic justice, climate change, LGBTQ, and labor are among the issues that FSTV coverage will highlight over two weeks of special programing. 

“The conventions this year are very different.  America is at an historic crossroad with vibrant insurgencies rocking both political establishments.  Free Speech TV will be there to bring you fresh and surprising perspectives,” according to Executive Director, Ron Williams.

Since the 2000 Presidential Election, Free Speech TV has aired election coverage under the theme of Crashing the Party.  This year, FSTV will augment its live daily news and talk shows -  Democracy Now! with Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez, The Bill Press Show, The Stephanie Miller Show, The Thom Hartmann Show, The David Pakman Show -  with a new daily show, TWiB! (This Week in Blackness) Prime with Elon James White.  

The network will also feature original short-form segments airing throughout the day from special correspondents including former Ohio State Senator Nina Turner, comedian Will Durst, award-winning documentarian Catherine Gund, journalists Laura Flanders, Sonali Kolhatkar, Jeff Santos and Mark Winston Griffith.  Live speeches from the DNC convention floor will air from 7-11 pm, July 25-28, 2016.  

Free Speech TV (freespeech.org) is a national, independent, nonprofit news network committed to advancing progressive social change. As the alternative to television networks owned by billionaires, governments and corporations, FSTV elevates diverse, unique perspectives through daily news programs, independent documentaries and special events coverage. Free Speech TV reaches over 38 million households nationally on DISH, DIRECTV, and over 150 full- and part-time community cable affiliates. FSTV streams live at freespeech.org and is available on Roku, Amazon Fire and Google Nexus.

A more just and democratic world is possible when the media empowers people with the information they need to fight for what matters.

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If you would like more information, please contact Marie Medina at (303) 542-4807 or email at [email protected] .   


2016 FSTV ELECTION COVERAGE

CRASHING THE PARTY 2016

RNC (Cleveland) – July 18-21, 2016

Live daily special election programming from FSTV’s daily talk shows – The Bill Press Show, The Stephanie Miller Show, The Thom Hartmann Show and The Big Picture with Thom Hartmann. FSTV will supplement the daily shows’ analysis of the RNC proceedings with short-form segments airing throughout the day.  

Live Daily Shows – Special expanded 2-hour broadcast of Democracy Now! with Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez.  

Short-form segments airing throughout the day from protesters, special forums and - 

Senator Nina Turner (Former Ohio State Senator):  A Day in the Life of Nina Turner at the RNC and interviews with RNC delegates and VIPs.

Impact 2016:  A public policy Social Action Forum hosted by Senator Nina Turner and Rev. Dr. Jawanza Colvin at Olivet Institutional Baptist Church in Cleveland, featuring Dr. Cornel West (Professor, Union Theological Seminary), Dr. Eddie Glaude (Chair, Department of Religion, Princeton University).    

Will Durst (comedian):   Roaming Cleveland’s “Q” (Quicken Loans Arena) and environs, Will Durst covers the RNC looking for the bizarre, the peculiar, the outlandish and the hypocritical.  

Catherine Gund: Interviews with Black Republicans by award-winning documentarian.  

Laura Flanders:  Interviews and reporting from the streets of Cleveland to inside the convention center. 

DNC (Philadelphia) – July 25-28, 2016  

FSTV’s coverage will include live shows daily from Philadelphia, short-form segments airing throughout the day, and the speeches from the convention floor live in primetime.                     

Live Daily Shows from Philadelphia Wells Fargo Center – The Bill Press Show and The Stephanie Miller Show.        

Live Daily Shows from PhillyCam – Democracy Now! with Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez and TWiB! Prime w/@elonjames .  Elon James White discusses the latest in news, race, politics, and pop culture with the TWiB! Nation team of Anthea Butler, L. Joy Williams, and Dara M. Wilson.

Live speeches from the convention floor 7-11 pm nightly.  

Short-form segments airing throughout each day from protesters, forums and interviews from – Will Durst, Nina Turner, Laura Flanders, Sonali Kolhatkar, Mark Winston Griffith and Jeff Santos.      





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Free Speech TV Launches Two New Daily Programs Featuring Fresh Voices

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 20, 2016

Contact Marie Medina

Telephone (303) 542-4807

Email [email protected] 

Website www.freespeech.org


FREE SPEECH TV LAUNCHES TWO NEW DAILY PROGRAMS FEATURING FRESH VOICES  

Denver, CO, October 20, 2016 – Free Speech TV has launched two new daily programs -  TWIB! Prime with @ElonJames White, and Rising Up with Sonali. 

TWIB! Prime w/@ElonJames White features the latest in race, politics and pop culture, hosted from Oakland by political humorist and commentator, Elon James White.  Elon is joined by a rotating cast of nationally recognized leaders as hosts, guests and correspondents.   The cast has included – political strategist L. Joy Williams; senior legal analyst Imani Gandy; University of Pennsylvania professor Dr. Anthea Butler; brand marketing consultant Dara M. Wilson; award-winning author and North Carolina State professor Dr. Blair L.M. Kelley; poet, performer and author Amber Flame; and mental health advocate Bassey Ikpi. Funding for TWiB! Prime with @ElonJames White is generously provided, in part, by the Voqal Fund. 

Rising Up with Sonali features probing interviews and analysis that connect global issues with local ones, empowering and mobilizing viewers to take an active role in their communities. Longtime radio journalist, activist, artist and former astrophysicist, Sonali Kolhatkar hosts from Los Angeles. 

On joining the lineup, Sonali Kolhatkar says, “I’m so thrilled to be joining the excellent line up of progressive programming at Free Speech TV and look forward to sharing my work with a wider, national audience.“  

TWiB! Prime and Rising Up will join such noted shows as Democracy Now! with Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez, The Bill Press Show, The Stephanie Miller Show, The Thom Hartmann Program, and The David Pakman Show on the Free Speech TV lineup.  

“Elon and Sonali are both remarkable journalists. They bring additional depth and diversity to our daily program lineup.  We are delighted to welcome their voices to our network,” says Ron Williams, Executive Director of Free Speech TV.  

Rising Up airs Monday through Friday at 6 pm ET.  TWiB! Prime Monday through Thursday at 9:00 pm ET.  

Free Speech TV (freespeech.org) is a national, independent, nonprofit news network committed to advancing progressive social change. As the alternative to television networks owned by billionaires, governments and corporations, FSTV elevates diverse, unique perspectives through daily news programs, independent documentaries and special events coverage. Free Speech TV reaches over 38 million households nationally on DISH, DIRECTV, and over 150 full- and part-time community cable affiliates. FSTV streams live at freespeech.org and is available on Roku, Amazon Fire and Google Nexus.

A more just and democratic world is possible when the media empowers people with the information they need to fight for what matters.

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If you would like more information, please contact Marie Medina at (303) 542-4807 or email at [email protected]

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Indie Media Groups Partner to Boost Political Coverage

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For Immediate Release

MNN ContactLinda Romano, Director of Communications & Marketing

• 212-757-2670 ext. 352 • [email protected]

Free Speech TV Contact: Valerie Appelbaum,  Director of Development  

• (303) 542-4833 • [email protected]

 

Indie Media Groups Partner to Boost Political Coverage

As the country prepares for the inauguration and new session of Congress, Manhattan Neighborhood Network and Free Speech TV (FSTV) are partnering to offer a bold and creative way to enrich the public dialogue. 

New York, December 21, 2016 – Manhattan Neighborhood Network (MNN), the country’s largest community media center, and Free Speech TV (FSTV), a nonprofit, national, independent news network, announced an expanded partnership that will provide Manhattan residents with access to diverse and independent voices during the country’s pivotal political transition.

As part of this collaboration, FSTV will feature MNN Community Programming on their national distribution platforms and the two organizations will partner on a series of Town Hall Forums focused on the issues driving the national and local political dialogues.

“MNN has a rich history of celebrating, supporting, and strengthening independent voices,” said MNN’s President & CEO Dan Coughlin. “Our partnership with Free Speech TV is an innovative way to champion new voices, expand the public debate, provide critical and timely information, and engage more people in the political process as the country prepares to swear in a new President.”

In partnership with MNN, Free Speech TV programming is now available 24/7 in Manhattan on Verizon 39 and Spectrum (formerly Time Warner Cable) 1301. The channel is also streaming live 24/7 on mnn.org and freespeech.org. FSTV’s line-up includes daily news and talk programs like Democracy Now!, The Thom Hartmann Program and The Stephanie Miller Show, as well as weekly current affairs series, special event coverage and independently produced documentaries covering a broad range of social, economic, environmental and racial justice issues.

Gay USA, a weekly news hour produced at MNN and hosted by Ann Northrop and Andy Humm, has aired on FSTV for thirteen years, attracting a loyal national following. Analyzing the week’s stories on the LGBT activist movement, politics, legal cases, AIDS, health and entertainment, the popular program also features timely interviews with newsmakers in Manhattan.

Over the next few months, FSTV’s national broadcasts will pilot new programming created by MNN and its Community Producers, including Represent NYC; Richard Wolf’s Economic Update; the award-winning Access for All, produced by Gloria Messer;  Sistah Talk, produced by Zakkee Starman, with host Dietra Kelly discussing current events with a panel of progressive women of color; and Community Cop, a call-in show that offers community perspectives on law enforcement.

“With our country seemingly more divided than ever, we believe media has the power to facilitate an honest and respectful dialogue,” said Free Speech TV Executive Director Ron Williams,  “For over 20 years, Free Speech TV has provided its viewers an alternative to mainstream media, providing independent news and opinion not available anywhere else. We are honored to offer our complete schedule in partnership with MNN, and view this as an opportunity to support our fragile democracy during the challenging times ahead.”

As part of their national partnership, MNN and FSTV are planning a series of televised town hall meetings for 2017. The events will be held at the MNN El Barrio Firehouse in East Harlem (175 East 104th Street) and will be broadcast nationally and across Manhattan on Free Speech TV. 

About Manhattan Neighborhood Network

Founded in 1992, Manhattan Neighborhood Network  is New York City’s free public-access cable network. Operating five channels (Community, Lifestyle, Spirit, Culture and HD Community) and reaching over 600,000 cable subscribers in the Manhattan area, MNN is the largest public-access cable network in the nation, with programs airing in more than 40 languages. Find MNN on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and at MNN.org.

In 2012, MNN opened a state-of-the-art community media center at the old Engine Co. 53 Firehouse on East 104th Street in East Harlem. The facility features three HD production studios, including a three-camera studio, as well as editing services and a Youth Media Center. The Firehouse offers classes in English and Spanish and hosts community events throughout the year.

About Free Speech TV

Free Speech TV (freespeech.org) is a national, independent, nonprofit news network committed to advancing progressive social change. As the alternative to television networks owned by billionaires, governments and corporations, FSTV elevates unique perspectives through daily news programs, independent documentaries and special events coverage.

Free Speech TV reaches over 38 million households nationally on DISH (channel 9415), DIRECTV (348), and over 150 full- and part-time community cable affiliates. FSTV streams live at freespeech.org and is available on Roku, Amazon Fire and Google Nexus. FSTV believes a more just and democratic world is possible when the media empowers people with the information they need to fight for what matters.

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