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Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 19, 2006


PTC Praises Senate for Passing Indecency Bill

"Legislation Will Protect Families from Barrage of Raunch on Public Airwaves"

 

LOS ANGELES (May 19, 2006) – The Parents Television Council™ praised the U.S. Senate for passing legislation that would increase broadcast indecency fines from $32,000 to $325,000 – a ten-fold increase.

 

"This is a major victory for families.  We applaud Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) and Senator Sam Brownback (R-Kansas) for pushing through legislation that would help to protect families from the barrage of raunch that has flooded the public airwaves," said L. Brent Bozell, president of the PTC.

 

"The Senate joined the House in a bi-partisan effort to hold the television industry accountable for violating the indecency law.  Those who abuse the public airwaves by airing sexually graphic material will now be subject to greater fines, a much better deterrent than the current paltry fines.  The existing fine structure is meaningless.

 

"While the proposed language in the House version of this bill was stronger, the Senate version which passed on unanimous consent, is a positive step forward in keeping broadcasters accountable for their actions.

 

"We are urging Congress to quickly settle on the final version of the indecency legislation so that the bill can go to President Bush for his approval.  Congress has the power to make this happen for American families now," concluded Bozell.

 

Senate backs ten fold hike in indecency fines - Reuters

 

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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