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AAP’s Judith Platt Receives First Amendment Award from Freedom to Read Foundation

“Roll of Honor Award” Recognizes Commitment to Free Expression

Washington, DC; June 19, 2013 — Judith Platt, Director of Free Expression Advocacy for the Association of American Publishers, will receive the Freedom to Read Foundation’s “2013 Roll of Honor Award” for her lifelong dedication to protecting First Amendment principles.

The award will be presented June 28 during the American Library Association Annual Conference in Chicago. Former Senator Russell Feingold (D-WI) is the other recipient. FTRF press release

“The member organizations of AAP have always been leaders in the protection of the rights to read and publish worldwide and Judy has been the driving force behind those efforts,” said Tom Allen, President and CEO, AAP. “These basic freedoms are Judy’s lifelong passions. Our industry is grateful for her remarkable work on its central concern for free expression. We appreciate the Freedom to Read Foundation’s recognition of her career and commitment.”

Platt joined AAP in 1979 and began her involvement in free expression advocacy in 1996. She leads the AAP Freedom to Read Committee which works to protect and enhance intellectual freedom and the rights of free expression guaranteed by the First Amendment. She represents the industry as a watchdog on free speech related issues including school and library censorship, the right to protect confidential sources, Internet censorship and government attempts to regulate speech. With guidance from the committee, she coordinates AAP participation in First Amendment court cases and works with First Amendment and media advocacy groups to pursue common objectives.

Platt also works with the AAP International Freedom to Publish Committee to defend and promote the freedom of written communication worldwide. She works in partnership with other groups to monitor human rights issues and provide assistance to publishers and authors outside the United States who are denied basic freedoms.

Her projects include Banned Books Week, the Campaign for Reader Privacy, the Kids Right to Read Project and the Media Coalition.

She has been a member of the Freedom to Read Foundation Board since 1999 and served as its president from 2007-2009. In 2012, she was elected to a sixth two-year term on the Board.

The Freedom to Read Foundation works to protect and defend the First Amendment and the Constitution and supports the right of libraries to collect information and the right of individuals to access information. It is affiliated with the American Library Association.


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