"THE FIRST AMENDMENT GUARANTEES FREEDOM OF SPEECH
AND FREEDOM OF THE PRESS. AND YOU CANNOT HAVE
A FREE SOCIETY IF YOU DO NOT HAVE BOTH."
-Hugh M. Hefner
THE HUGH M. HEFNER
FIRST AMENDMENT AWARDS
The Hugh M. Hefner First Amendment Awards, a program of the Hugh M. Hefner Foundation, were established by Christie Hefner, former Chairman and CEO, Playboy Enterprises, Inc., in 1979 to honor individuals who have made significant contributions in the vital effort to protect and enhance First Amendment rights for all Americans. Since the inception of the awards, more than 150 individuals, including high school students, lawyers, librarians, journalists, and educators, have been honored.
The Award winners, many of whom are unsung heroes, have traditionally come from the areas of journalism, education, book publishing, law, and government, as well as motion pictures, television, and theatre. Winners are selected by a panel of distinguished judges.