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Jeff Cohen and the importance of free press

May 23 • 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

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Jeff Cohen, the founder of progressive media watchdog group Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR), will discuss the importance of a free press on his Oregon tour, which starts May 23 in Eugene. David Zupan, the director of Progressive Voices, says this organization invites progressive speakers to communities throughout the country. Cohen will promote his most recent documentary, All Governments Lie: Truth, Deception and the Spirit of I.F. Stone, which examines government deception and the importance of a free press. Zupan calls an independent media “critical” for a democratic society. Cohen’s film celebrates journalists who expose government deception as they search for truth, which is especially necessary in today’s political atmosphere, he adds. “There are so many threats,” Zupan says. “We see the decline of the newspapers, the merging of media outlets.” He says that there are few people who now control the news that people receive, and that this is dangerous for unbiased access to information. Zupan says that he hopes people will learn from Cohen’s message, and gain some optimism, too. “Sometimes it’s kind of overwhelming, the bad news that we hear,” he says. “It’s important to realize that we’re part of a very large movement of resistance and that we need to celebrate our accomplishments and realize that we’re in this together.”

From 5-7 pm Wednesday, May 23 there will be a meet and greet no host reception for Jeff Cohen at Cafe Soriah, sliding scale don. $10 to $50 benefits Eugene PeaceWorks and KEPW radio. There will be a showing of All Governments Lie: Truth, Deception, and The Spirit of I.F. Stone 6 pm Thursday, May 24, at the Bijou Theater. The film also screens 6 pm Wednesday, May 23, at the UO journalism school in Allen Hall Room 221. And at 5 pm Monday, May 28 there will be a dinner with Cohen at Mazzi’s restaurant. Sliding scale don. $10 and up. Thirty percent of all meals, drinks or take out benefit EPW and KEPW with a voucher from kepw.org. — Taylor Griggs


May 23
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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