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Press Release

May 3, 2006

PTC Denounces Sen. Stevens for Delaying Passage of Indecency Legislation


LOS ANGELES (May 3, 2006) – The Parents Television Council™ is calling on the U.S. Senate to pass indecency legislation that would increase fines to broadcasters for violating the indecency laws.  According to the staff of Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.), he has called for a vote on the House version of the indecency bill which passed with overwhelming bi-partisan support.


"Parents across America will be outraged to learn that Sen. Stevens, the one man who has the ability to see this bill pass out of his committee, has instead chosen to hold this widely popular legislation political hostage," said L. Brent Bozell, president of the PTC™.


"Every day that passes without a decency bill is another day that broadcasters have defeated a bill that protects the innocence of our children.  The increase in fines to broadcasters for violating indecency laws has received overwhelming bi-partisan support from members in the House and Senate, and the House already passed this legislation.


"Sen. Stevens has made known that he wants to wait for broadcasters to educate the public on the ratings system and V-chip, both of which have been proven unreliable for parents to use.  Sen. Stevens has indicated that he wants to wait for the market to demand indecency legislation.  Yet the market has already spoken that it wants indecency legislation.  Sen. Stevens has rejected the market, the families across America who want to create a stronger incentive for broadcasters to follow the law.


"The networks have done nothing to clean up their acts.  The industry's idea of self-regulation is to sue for the right to use the ‘f-word' and ‘s-word' regardless of the time of day.  The industry would also rather pour millions of dollars into promoting a failed ratings system and V-chip so that parents can learn how to block the filth the networks are broadcasting.


"Quite simply, the networks cannot be trusted.  So why does Sen. Stevens, who has already gotten a slap in the face from the networks with their legal challenge, want to wait for the same networks to follow the indecency law?  Why does Sen. Stevens want to be known as the one who refused to raise fines against multi-billion dollar corporations that routinely violate commonsense decency standards with offensive material?


"The Senate needs to pass this bill today.  We're calling on Sen. Stevens to be the leader who makes this happen by the end of the Congressional year.  By using his authority, he can go from zero to hero in a matter of minutes," concluded Bozell.


To speak with a representative from the Parents Television Council, please contact Kelly Oliver at (703) 683-5004, ext. 140.

The Parents Television Council™ (www.parentstv.org®) is a non-partisan education organization advocating responsible entertainment. It was founded in 1995 to ensure that children are not constantly assaulted by sex, violence and profanity on television and in other media. This national grassroots organization has over one million members across the United States, and works with television producers, broadcasters, networks and sponsors in an effort to stem the flow of harmful and negative messages targeted to children. The PTC also works with elected and appointed government officials to enforce broadcast decency standards. Most importantly, the PTC produces critical research and publications documenting the dramatic increase in sex, violence and profanity in entertainment. This information is provided free of charge so parents can make informed viewing choices for their own families.






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