Indecency on the Air
Free Speech and Foul Language on TelevisionBuy Full Issue$34.95
Three years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court considered a lawsuit brought by Fox Television Stations and other broadcast networks challenging the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) prohibition on the transmission of indecent material over the air from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. (See “Broadcast Indecency,” Supreme Court Debates, December 2008.)
In question was a 2004 FCC order stating that “isolated or fleeting use of obscenities violated the law.” Prior to that, the Commission’s policy was to only impose fines for repeated foul language, not just single instances of curse words.
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Free Speech and Foul Language on TelevisionRead More Buy Article$6.95
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Decision of the Second Circuit U.S. Court of AppealsRead More Buy Article$6.95
Overview of Agency Structure and BudgetRead More Buy Article$6.95
The Justices Weigh in on Indecency RegulationRead More Buy Article$6.95
Pro & Con
Are the FCC's Indecency Regulations Constitutional?