Background

The Free Expression Network (FEN) is an alliance of organizations dedicated to protecting the First Amendment right of free expression and the values it represents, and to opposing governmental efforts to suppress constitutionally-protected speech. FEN members provide a wide range of expertise, resources and services to policy-makers, the media, scholars, and the public at large. Members meet on a quarterly basis to share information and strategies. We also create public programs and events on current free expression issues. This website provides information and descriptions of each member organization, as well as a brief look at the services they provide and the primary issues on which they focus. It is also a means of providing information about First Amendment issues to the public at large and to facilitate private communication among FEN members. FEN meetings and other activities are planned and organized by the FEN Steering Committee, which is composed of volunteers from member organizations. All FEN members are eligible to participate in the steering committee. Organizational requests to join FEN or nominations for membership will be addressed by the steering committee, which will consider whether the mission of the organization seeking inclusion in FEN is consistent with FEN's goal to protect the First Amendment and promote free expression. FEN is coordinated by the National Coalition Against Censorship. For Inquires Contact the FEN coordinator, Michael O'Neil.