April 2, 2013

MIM Fights Back Against FCC Policy

MIM Supporters Ask for FCC Indecency Enforcement

“Do-nothing” FCC seeks to do less by allowing indecent material

WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 2, 2013) – Morality in Media announced today that it will fight changes to lower Federal Communications Commission (FCC) standards regarding indecency and profanity on broadcast TV. Morality in Media (MIM) demands that the Commission stop shirking its responsibility and enforce current laws that prohibit nudity, indecency and profanity. MIM asks supporters to demand the FCC enforce the law and make their voices heard by the FCC http://bit.ly/XvqOVm.

“The FCC is all we have to protect our children from indecency and profanity on TV and it must begin to do its job now rather than change its enforcement standards,” said Patrick A. Trueman, President of Morality in Media. “The Supreme Court has ruled that people have the right to be left alone in their own homes and that networks have no 1st Amendment right to force indecency upon them.” Trueman added, “It should be remembered that the public airwaves belong to the public. If networks don’t like the rules, they can move their programming from broadcast TV to cable or satellite.”

Instead of fighting for the rights of parents, the FCC under Chairman Julius Genachowski sided with the networks and did not enforce indecency standards. This was despite U. S. Supreme Court rulings that upheld the public right to decency. As recently as June of 2012 in FCC v. Fox, the Court supported these standards.

A statement from the FCC shows that they’ve reduced the backlog of indecency complaints by 70%, but this is mostly due to them ignoring complaints and waiting until too much time had passed. The FCC has to do its job so TV is not just for those willing to accept indecency and profanity. If viewers chose to view that content, they can pay for cable.

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