The annual Celebration of Free Speech and Its Defenders was held on October 24, 2006 at the Rubin Museum of Art in New York City.


NCAC honored several individuals for their courage in defending First Amendment principles:

Joe and Shirley Wershba, veteran journalists, writers and producers, portrayed in "Good Night and Good Luck," a film by George Clooney about Edward R. Murrow. Their credits include "See it Now," "60 Minutes," and "The MacNeil/Lehrer Report"

Rick Piltz, Founder and Director of Climate Science Watch, a public education and advocacy program of the Government Accountability Project to promote integrity in the use of climate science in policymaking and to prevent the abuse of science.
» Read an interview with Rick Piltz from The American Prospect


The evening also featured a special tribute to Roz Udow (1926 – 2006), lifelong free speech advocate and former Editor of Censorship News.
» Read a tribute to Roz from CN #102


The evening also featured a screening the winning short films made by teen filmmakers addressing the question: "War and Free Speech: Can They Co-Exist?" Watch the films on YouTube!

Event Committee

NCAC is deeply grateful for the hard work and support of the following individuals.  Chair: Jane Friedman, President and CEO, HarperCollins Publishers

Honorary Chairs:
Judy Blume, Award winning author
James Cromwell, Actor
Chip Gibson, President and Publisher, Random House Children’s Books
Donald & Shelley Rubin, Co-Chairs, Rubin Museum of Art

For more information, please contact NCAC:
(212) 807 – 6222 x 11
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