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Hollywood Foreign Press Association, in partnership with Los Angeles Times, announces first 'LA Press Freedom Week'

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Mon, Aug 26th 2019 03:10 pm

LA Press Freedom Week to take place in collaboration with Committee to Protect Journalists, International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, and Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press

Weeklong slate of events to take place Sept. 16-20

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), in partnership with the Los Angeles Times, announced the inaugural “LA Press Freedom Week,” taking place Sept. 16-20, at several venues in Los Angeles.

LA Press Freedom Week is a weeklong slate of events that will spotlight conversations around the protection of the First Amendment and engage the public and the journalism community in and around Los Angeles. With three anchor events amid a series of satellite ones, leading experts, top journalists including NBC News’ Lester Holt, and supporting partners, LA Press Freedom Week will highlight the threats to a free press — and show what people can do to defend it.

“As a journalist, it’s critical that press freedom is kept at the forefront of our conversation and that we, as a coalition forming LA Press Freedom Week, inspire and engage the public about the value of a free press and the critical purpose journalists serve in our democracy,” said Lorenzo Soria, president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. “For the last two years, the HFPA used the organization’s on-stage time at the Golden Globe Awards to commit a total of $4 million to organizations like The Committee to Project Journalists, International Consortium of Investigative Journalists and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, that are focused on the protection of journalists; and the HFPA will continue to support journalistic organizations through our philanthropic efforts. We are proud to work alongside such an esteemed publication as the Los Angeles Times to deepen awareness around the important issues journalists face each day.”

Norman Pearlstine, executive editor of the Los Angeles Times and a CPJ board member, said, “As a global city and entertainment capital, Los Angeles has a unique opportunity to highlight and amplify the powerful stories that underscore the value of the First Amendment. At a time when the press is under attack, we’re pleased to tell the Los Angeles community about the importance of press freedom through this series of events.”

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