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Feb 02, 2017

Tim Cook Named Recipient of the Free Expression Award

Cook to Be Honored at Free Expression Awards Dinner April 18 at the Newseum

WASHINGTON — The Newseum announced today that Apple CEO Tim Cook will receive the Newseum’s 2017 Free Expression Award in the Free Speech category. Cook, who has led Apple since August 2011, will be recognized for his leadership in creating technology that has had a profound impact on how we communicate. Further, he has used his spotlight to take a public stand on major societal issues, including racial equality, privacy, protecting the environment, access to education and LGBT rights. Cook will accept the award during a special event to be held at the Newseum on April 18, 2017.

The 2017 Free Expression Awards are presented in five categories. Honorees have taken personal or professional risks in sharing critical information with the public, have been censored or punished by authorities or other groups for their work, or have pushed boundaries in artistic and media expression. In addition to Cook, U.S. Rep. John Lewis will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award; Executive Director of Becket Law Kristina Arriaga de Bucholz will receive the Religious Freedom Award; ABC News Chief Global Affairs Correspondent and “This Week with George Stephanopoulos” Co-anchor Martha Raddatz will receive the Free Press Award; and Playboy Founder and Editor-in-Chief Hugh Hefner and Hatch Beauty Chairman Christie Hefner will jointly receive the Arts and Entertainment Award.

Winners will be honored at a special event at the Newseum on April18, 2017. Catherine Merrill Williams, president and publisher of Washingtonian Media, will chair the dinner. To inquire about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Sara Bronnenkant at sbronnenkant@newseum.org. Individual tickets will be released for sale in early February.

Last year’s sold-out inaugural Free Expression Awards, hosted by “CBS Evening News” anchor Scott Pelley, honored James Risen, reporter for The New York Times; Boniface Mwangi, founder of PAWA254; Abdallah Bin Bayyah, president of the Forum for Promoting Peace in Muslim Societies; and Pussy Riot, the Russian punk rock protest group.

About the Newseum

The mission of the Newseum, located in Washington, D.C., is to increase public understanding of the importance of a free press and the First Amendment. Visitors experience the story of news, the role of a free press in major events in history, and how the core freedoms of the First Amendment — religion, speech, press, assembly and petition — apply to their lives. Considered one of the most interactive museums in the world, the Newseum has seven levels with 15 galleries and 15 theaters. The Newseum also reaches millions of students through its robust offering of on-site classes and workshops. The Newseum is a 501(c)(3) public charity funded by generous individuals, corporations and foundations, including its principal funder, the Freedom Forum. For more information, visit newseum.org and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Press Contacts

Sonya Gavankar, Newseum
202/292-6200
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