Cape Ann Television (CATV) announced that Governor Deval L. Patrick has issued a Proclamation declaring the third week in October as Freedom of Speech Week.
“The Governor’s Proclamation is a wonderful way to recognize the importance of Public, Educational and Government Access centers throughout the Commonwealth,” stated Donna Gacek, Executive Director of CATV, “This week provides us another opportunity to raise public awareness about the First Amendment and the role of local community access centers in educating and empowering the citizens of our Commonwealth.”
Governor Patrick signed the Proclamation on October 12, 2011, in order to provide Massachusetts residents with an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of our Founding Fathers and to reflect on the rights and privileges of citizenship, as well as its responsibilities. Patrick urged citizens of the Commonwealth to be cognizant of the event and to participate fittingly in its observance.
Debra Rogers, Chair of the Board of Directors of the Alliance for Community Media adds, “I want to thank Governor Patrick for proclaiming the third week in October as Freedom of Speech Week in Massachusetts and for raising awareness of the vital role of public, education and government (PEG) access centers in ensuring freedom of speech and expression.”
National Free Speech Week (formerly National Freedom of Speech Week) is in its seventh year and encourages organizations and communities around the country to advance the cause of Free Speech through education and awareness activities. National Free Speech Week is celebrated the third week of October every year. It was created by the Media Institute and launched in 2005 with partnership with the National Association of Broadcasters Education Foundation (NABEF). The Institute maintains the NFSW Website and serves as a clearinghouse for information about National Freedom of Speech Week.
CATV is a not-for-profit membership-based organization that provides a public forum for Gloucester, Essex, Manchester and Rockport through Public, Educational and Government Access television and provides media training, contemporary production facilities and cable channel access to promote media literacy so the communities it serves may exercise their First Amendment Right to free speech.