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Attorney Efrem M. Grail will present on the First Amendment as it pertains to a free press at the McKeesport Community Newsroom, as an initiative of the Center for Media Innovation at Point Park University Center. The Community Newsroom supports citizen journalism and storytelling by residents of the Mon Valley’s largest city and surrounding areas.

“Freedom of the press is irrelevant if journalists ignore the facts and voters ignore the news, and each accepts “alternative facts” as anything other than falsehoods,” said Attorney Grail. “Liberty requires a dynamic partnership between a media committed to exposing truth responsibly and consumers willing to pay them for the effort, even when they occasionally get it wrong.”

The presentation, to be held on Thursday, October 17, 2019 at 6:00 pm at the Tube City Center, will include discussion on freedom of information, libel, and how to file under Pennsylvania’s Right-to-Know Law. The event is free and open to the public. More information is available on the McKeesport Community Newsroom website.

Attorney Grail is a Pittsburgh lawyer and former journalist who works on First Amendment speech, press and religion cases, in addition to his White Collar Criminal Defense practice.