Washington, D.C. (June 26, 2007) – The Creative Coalition urges Congress not to censor the public airwaves in response to a recently issued FCC report calling for Congress to regulate television media content. TCC is very concerned by the expressions of support at yesterday’s Senate Commerce Committee hearing for interference with the free expression of artists involved in television.
“Government control of programming violates the First Amendment and takes away the right to free speech and open expression,” said Robin Bronk, Executive Director of The Creative Coalition. “It’s inappropriate for Congress to try and censor content.”
“There is no question that parents need to be vigilant about not exposing their children to programming not intended for their viewing. We therefore encourage the government to spend its time and resources on programs to educate our children, parents, teachers and other caregivers to comprehend and process what they see on television. It is precisely for this reason that we co-founded — with Safety 4 Kids, the National Task Force on Children’s Safety, which is devoted to ensuring that media literacy be a priority issue.”
“Let’s empower our next generation to understand the media, not take the media away from them.”
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.