See Steven Spielberg’s Oscar-nominated drama, The Post, starring Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks, followed by an onstage discussion with First Amendment lawyer George Freeman, former Assistant General Counsel for The New York Times and current head of the Media Law Resource Center.
Journalism on Screen is an ongoing series combining films that explore the world of journalism with lively discussions with experts and industry professionals. Presented by The New York Times, The Arizona Daily Star, The Daily Wildcat/UA TV-3, The University of Arizona College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, The University of Arizona School of Journalism, Arizona Inn and The Loft Cinema.
“NYT Critic’s Pick! Steven Spielberg’s exhilarating drama is a ticktock thriller about the freedom of the press, the White House’s war on that constitutional right and the woman who defended freedom.” – Manohla Dargis, New York Times
Steven Spielberg directs this thrilling, Oscar-nominated drama about the unlikely partnership between The Washington Post’s Katharine Graham (Meryl Streep), the first female publisher of a major American newspaper, and Executive Editor Ben Bradlee (Tom Hanks), as they race to catch up with The New York Times to expose a massive cover-up of government secrets that spanned three decades and four U.S. Presidents. The two must overcome their differences as they risk their careers—and their very freedom—to help bring long-buried truths to light by publishing the Pentagon Papers, classified documents detailing the U.S. government’s role in the Vietnam War. (Dir. by Steven Spielberg, 2017, USA, 116 mins., Rated PG-13)
George Freeman is Executive Director of the Media Law Resource Center (MLRC), a post he assumed in September, 2014. Before that, he had been Of Counsel to the law firm of Jenner & Block. Prior to joining Jenner, Mr. Freeman was Assistant General Counsel of the New York Times Company for more than 20 years – and a member of the company’s legal team for 11 years before that. During his time there, Mr. Freeman was at the forefront of numerous high-profile cases for The New York Times and the company’s affiliated newspapers, broadcast properties, magazines and Internet sites, including many involving libel, invasion of privacy and other First Amendment issues, as well as copyright, trademark, antitrust, employment discrimination and business and contractual matters. During his 31-year tenure, The New York Times newspaper did not lose one libel or privacy suit, or settle one for dollars.