The Media Institute is a Washington, D.C.–based nonprofit organization that specializes in First Amendment issues in the communications arena. Founded in 1979, the group’s self-described mission is to pursue three goals: “freedom of speech, a competitive media and communications industry, and excellence in journalism.”

The institute publishes a host of books and position papers covering a wide range of First Amendment issues. It also prepares regulatory filings before administrative agencies such as the Federal Communications Commission and the Food and Drug Administration. In addition, it files amicus briefs in a variety of First Amendment cases dealing with commercial speech. Past examples are Greater New Orleans Broadcasting Association v. United States (1999) and Nike v. Kasky (2003)

Among the institute’s current projects is “Content Wars,” an online forum on broadcast indecency, violence, and censorship. The Media Institute also hosts eight times a year in Washington a luncheon program called the “Communications Forum” in order to give government and communication industry newsmakers an opportunity to address important public issues.

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