National Press Club

Internet Freedom: Rights and Responsibilities

Internet Freedom: Rights and Responsibilities

December 7, 2017 9:00 AM

Location: 4th Estate Restaurant

NRB to Announce New Internet Freedom Initiative, Host Panel on Internet Censorship
Sen. Ted Cruz, former FCC Commissioner McDowell, Prager U Executive, Ralph Reed to Speak

WASHINGTON (NRB) – National Religious Broadcasters will announce a new internet freedom initiative on Thursday, December 7, at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. The event will feature an address by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and a panel, “Internet Freedom: Rights and Responsibilities,” with leading voices on the subject, including Craig Strazzeri with PragerU, a victim of internet censorship; former FCC Commissioner Robert McDowell; and evangelical leader Ralph Reed.

“National Religious Broadcasters was founded nearly 75 years ago in response to corporate censorship of evangelical radio ministries,” said NRB President & CEO Dr. Jerry A. Johnson. “Today, an alarming censorship of Christian and politically conservative viewpoints on the internet is growing. Major players in Silicon Valley with enormous influence over what is seen on the internet and on social media platforms are suppressing viewpoints that run counter to their preferred ideologies.

“In response to this new threat of censorship of ideas, NRB is launching a new initiative to bring greater attention to these threats, challenge Silicon Valley to uniformly practice its professed commitment to free speech, and explore possible public policy options that may exist to address the loss of internet freedom,” Johnson added.

WHAT: NRB internet freedom initiative announcement, panel discussion.
WHO: • Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas)
• Dr. Jerry A. Johnson, President & CEO, National Religious Broadcasters
• Robert McDowell, Former Commissioner, Federal Communications Commission
• Craig Strazzeri, Chief Marketing Officer, PragerU
• Ralph Reed, Chairman & CEO, Century Strategies
WHEN: December 7, 2017, 9:00 a.m. ET
WHERE: National Press Club (13th Floor), Fourth Estate Room, 529 14th Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. RSVP required to attend.
VIDEO: The event will be livestreamed (details to follow).

Journalists who desire to cover the event must contact James A. Smith Sr. (, 202-849-8452) in advance. A limited number of seats will be reserved for credentialed members of the press.

About NRB
The National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) is a nonpartisan, international association of Christian communicators whose member organizations represent millions of listeners, viewers, and readers. Our mission is to advance biblical truth; to promote media excellence; and to defend free speech. In addition to promoting standards of excellence, integrity, and accountability, NRB provides networking, educational, ministry, and fellowship opportunities for its members. Learn more at

About the Convention
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