FIRE lights the torch with an Olympic ad featuring NBA star Enes Kanter Freedom

WASHINGTON, DC, February 7, 2022 – NBA star Ennis Kanter-Freedom knows the cost of censorship. When he began speaking out against the government of his native Turkey, Turkish officials put his father in jail, took away his passport, and forced his family to disown him.

In a captivating new ad campaign from Foundation for Individual Rights in EducationShown during the Olympic Games, Kanter Freedom shares his story and highlights the importance of freedom of expression.

Watch the ad: “Free speech makes people free”


“I remember the first time I came to America,” Kanter Freedom said. He became a US citizen He plays for the Boston Celtics. “One of my teammates lashed out at the president and I said, Dude, what are you doing? They might put you in jail. He said, ‘This is America.’ He explained to me what freedom of speech means. … Unfortunately, if you use freedom of speech in Turkey, you’ll end up in Prison “.

The FIRE ad campaign launches today to coincide with the Beijing Winter Olympics and talk about the Chinese government’s human rights record. The ads will run in prime time throughout the Olympics, as well as on network and television news programs, including “Meet the Press,” “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” “Fareed Zakaria GPS,” and more.

“Freedom begins with freedom of speech,” said FIRE Vice President of Communications Nico Perino. Autocrats around the world use censorship to stay in power and hide their abuses. We need a culture of free speech to stop it. That is why Enes’ message that change can only happen through freedom of expression is so powerful.”

The ad campaign is an exciting new addition to FIRE’s larger public education campaign in support of the values ​​of freedom of expression. In addition to Advertising and marketing campaigns, FIRE She produces award-winning documentariesAnd the Podcast hostAnd the Creates curriculamaintains a First Amendment LibraryAnd the He writes bestsellersActions Social science researchpublish a popular file First Amendment Bulletindirects convincingly and virally Tik Tok And the YouTube videos, and so much more — all in an effort to educate the American public about the importance of free speech.

“It’s very important to have organizations like FIRE,” Kanter said freedom in advertising. “They protect the First Amendment and freedom of speech.”

The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to defending and preserving the individual rights of students and faculty at American colleges and universities. These rights include freedom of expression, freedom of association, due process, legal equality, religious freedom, and sanctity of conscience—the essential qualities of freedom.

Call:

Katie Cortepeter, Media Relations Assistant, FIRE: 215-717-3473; media@thefire.org

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