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Christie Hefner with the 2019 honorees: George Luber, Grace Marion, Floyd Abrams, Christie Hefner, Christian Bales, Ted Boutrous
Christie Hefner with the 2019 honorees: George Luber, Grace Marion, Floyd Abrams, Christie Hefner, Christian Bales, Ted Boutrous

The Hugh Hefner Foundation hosted their annual First Amendment Awards in the nation’s capital, showcasing some of the year’s most noteworthy free speech battles and honoring seven individuals for their commitment to upholding First Amendment rights for all Americans. Christie Hefner, Founder and Chairman of the Hugh M. Hefner Foundation, welcomed the 2019 honorees to the stage at the Newseumin Washington, DC.

Hefner, who spoke of the critical need to protect the First Amendment, said: “Challenges to free speech still exist today. Almost every week we see the voices of students censored on campus, newsrooms and journalists under threat of physical assault, and the value of truth a victim of those waging partisan attacks. Now more than ever we should honor those who stand up for our First Amendment rights.”