Wednesday, January 7, 2009

FRC Urges Support for Broadcaster Freedom Act

/PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, Congressman Mike Pence (R-IN), Congressman Greg Walden (R-OR) and Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC), introduced the Broadcaster Freedom Act. The bill strips the FCC of its authority to reinstitute the so-called "Fairness Doctrine," effectively codifying the status quo and protecting free speech.

Tony Perkins, President of Family Research Council, had this to say:

"Americans are entitled to the free exchange of ideas and an independent press that supports such an exchange. A vigorous national debate on issues of the day is one of the hallmarks of democracy. I commend these Congressional leaders for their work to protect the airwaves from government controls.

"This act will protect broadcasters from those who seek to intimidate and silence any political opposition. Government regulation of political talk and thought goes against every ideal of this nation. I wholeheartedly support the Broadcaster Freedom Act and urge Congress to act in support of the First Amendment and a free press."

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