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MLRC Annual Dinner 2003

The MLRC Annual Dinner was held at the Sheraton Hotel in New York on Wednesday night, November 12th...and it was quite a gala. The room was filled with well over 500 MLRC members and their guests, friends of MLRC, and invited guests.

Howard H "Tim" Hays, former owner and publisher of Press-Enterprise of Riverside, California, was presented with MLRC’s William J. Brennan, Jr. Defense of Freedom Award. Under Mr. Hays, Press-Enterprise brought not one, but two, landmark cases to the Supreme Court of the United States on questions of access to court, and by extension other governmental, proceedings. He is a hero to all who recognize the profound value of the First Amendment rights of the press and public that he championed.

Mr. Hays was introduced by Gary B. Pruitt, Chairman of the Board, President & Chief Executive Officer of The McClatchy Company. Gary’s remarks, along with the other remarkable materials from this program, will be on the MLRC website in the near future, as will those of Harold W. Fuson, Jr., Vice-President and General Counsel of Copley Press, and Chair of the MLRC Board of Directors, who presented the award to Mr. Hays.

Also at the Dinner was a panel led by Brian Williams of NBC News. The discussion – entitled "In the Trenches Revisited: War Reporting and the First Amendment - Part II" – was the second installment on the subject of covering war for America. This panel focused on covering Iraq, what they experienced, what stories they found, and what stories require more attention. A transcript from that panel will also be posted on the MLRC website.

MLRC wants to thank all of the participants in the Annual Dinner program.

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