Speaker: RonNell Andersen Jones
Professor of Law, University of Utah Quinney College of Law
Speaker: Andy Phillips
Partner and Litigator, Clare Locke law firm (DC)
Moderator: Richard Tofel
President of ProPublica, a non-profit investigative journalism organization in NYC
Freedom of the press has been regarded as an essential right in a democracy in which the government is accountable to the people. A free media can be a watchdog that reports government wrongdoing, and it can be free to promote different and sometimes radical opinions on issues. Recently, as the media have proliferated and we have entered the digital world, many of them have reported blatantly inaccurate and "fake news". Some dark websites have become a forum for bigots, spewing hate rhetoric and inciting unlawful violence. Should some limitations be imposed?