Washington, D.C. (June 5, 2007) – Today, The Creative Coalition announced its support of a ruling by the United States Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit striking down federal rules on broadcast content. Yesterday, the court rejected the Federal Communications Commission’s reasoning for the new rules to replace long-established rules that were more protective of free speech. At issue were new FCC regulations that would have given the federal agency power to impose crippling fines on broadcasters for so-called “fleeting expletives.”
“As an organization of artists, The Creative Coalition is gratified that the Court has recognized again the importance of protecting free expression from the second-guessing of government bureaucrats,” said Robin Bronk, Executive Director of The Creative Coalition. “When the FCC was considering these new rules, The Creative Coalition and others warned that the overly-broad and subjective standards posed a real threat to artistic freedom. This important ruling confirms our long-held view that parents, not the federal government, are the best arbiters of what is appropriate content for children.”
About The Creative Coalition (www.thecreativecoalition.org)
The Creative Coalition is the leading 501(c)(3) nonprofit, nonpartisan social and public advocacy organization of the arts and entertainment community. Founded in 1989 by prominent members of the creative community, The Creative Coalition is dedicated to educating its members on issues of public importance, primarily the First Amendment, public education and arts advocacy. Headquartered in New York City, The Creative Coalition also has offices in Washington, D.C., Los Angeles and San Francisco. The Creative Coalition does not endorse or raise funds for political parties or candidates. For more information, please visit www.thecreativecoalition.org.