LOS ANGELES — Lawyers will present opening oral arguments Tuesday, Aug. 27, at 10 am PT in Prager University v. Google LLC before the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in Seattle. Media is encouraged to arrive by 9 am PT as seating is limited.
Following the hearing, lead PragerU Attorney Eric George and PragerU CMO Craig Strazzeri will deliver prepared statements and be prepared to take questions immediately outside of the courthouse. The press conference will be broadcast LIVE on PragerU’s Facebook.
Eric George, PragerU lead attorney, partner at Browne George Ross LLP
Craig Strazzeri, PragerU CMO
Opening arguments in PragerU v. Google LLC and press avail to follow.
Tuesday, August 27, 2019
10 am PT / 1 pm ET – scheduled hearing start
*Media is encouraged to arrive in the courtroom by 9 am PT as seating is limited.
~11 am PT / 2 pm ET – approximate start time for press avail
*The hearing is expected to begin around 10 am PT and last approximately 40 minutes.
Media avail is expected between 11 and 12 pm PT immediately outside the courthouse.
**The press conference will be broadcast LIVE on PragerU’s Facebook.
U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
William K. Nakamura Courthouse
7th Floor, Courtroom 2
1010 Fifth Ave.
Seattle, WA 98104
MEDIA NOTE: Please email Press@theKcompany.co or call 202.810.5530 to schedule an interview with PragerU CMO Craig Strazzeri.
YouTube, a subsidiary of Google, has restricted 240 PragerU, including over 100 of the organization’s popular 5-minute videos. Among these are several videos from a series on the 10 Commandments presented by Dennis Prager, which cover concepts such as “Do Not Misuse God’s Name,” “Do Not Steal” and “Do Not Covet.”
PragerU filed its lawsuit against Google for demonetizing and restricting access to over 10 percent of the organization’s video library. PragerU’s videos remain restricted from the very audience it hopes to reach, namely young people, who account for more than 60 percent of PragerU’s more than 2.3 billion online views. PragerU’s lawsuit maintains that the organization’s videos have been restricted, not because they are explicit, vulgar or obscene in nature, or inappropriate for children in any way, but rather because they promote conservative ideas.
Companies like Google/YouTube, Facebook and Twitter have come under increasing scrutiny in recent months amid numerous allegations they have wielded their near-monopoly status with respect to the publication and dissemination of information online to silence those with conservative viewpoints. The lawsuit has placed PragerU at the center of a heated, national debate about free speech on the internet and carries with it profound implications for both the future of the First Amendment.
PragerU has invited social media users to “Stand with PragerU” in the days leading up to its court hearing. Supporters are asked to add a graphic to their social media profile pictures with the message “Hey Google … Stop Censoring PragerU #StandwithPragerU.”
PragerU supporters can acquire the social media filters here.
PragerU, founded by Dennis Prager in 2011, is a not-for-profit organization that helps millions understand the values that shaped America and provides millions of Americans and people around the world with the intellectual ammunition they need to advocate for limited government, individual responsibility and economic freedom. Since its founding, PragerU videos have received over 2 billion lifetime views. PragerU is a resource for all who value liberty. It is a threat to all those who do not.