2017 Free Expression Awards

Honorees were recognized at the Newseum April 18, 2017

At the second annual Free Expression Awards, the Newseum and Newseum Institute will recognized those who exhibit passion for and dedication to free expression. 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. This year’s award categories were lifetime achievement, free speech, religious freedom, free press, and arts and entertainment.

Award Recipients

John Lewis

John Lewis

Lifetime Achievement Award

United States Representative, Georgia

Tim Cook

Tim Cook

Free Speech Award

CEO, Apple

Martha Raddatz

Martha Raddatz

Free Press Award

Chief Global Affairs Correspondent, ABC News, and Co-anchor, “This Week with George Stephanopoulos”

Kristina Arriaga de Bucholz

Kristina Arriaga de Bucholz

Religious Freedom Award

Executive Director, Becket Law

Christie Hefner

Christie Hefner

Arts and Entertainment Award

Former Chairman and CEO, Playboy Enterprises

Hugh Hefner

Hugh Hefner

Arts and Entertainment Award

Founder and Editor-in-Chief, Playboy


Dinner Chair

Catherine Merrill Williams

Catherine Merrill Williams

President and Publisher, Washingtonian Media