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Press Release

July 12, 2007

PTC Condemns Attempts to Block Broadcast Decency Amendment


LOS ANGELES (July 12, 2007) – The Parents Television Council™ spoke out against all attempts to block a broadcast decency amendment to the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations bill. The amendment is slated to be introduced and voted on by the Senate Appropriations Committee today. PTC Advisory Board Member and Senator Sam Brownback (R-Kansas) will offer an amendment that is designed to protect children from inappropriate content on broadcast television by reinstating the FCC’s ability to prohibit the use of profanity and indecent images during times of day when children are most likely to be in the viewing audience.


According to PTC President Tim Winter, “If Senators are sincere about support for what Brownback’s amendment would accomplish, why would they oppose it? The Senate – and the public – are not in a position to wait around for the other committees to act. The recent 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that allows the f-word and s-word to be aired at any time of the day combined with the upcoming September hearing on the Janet Jackson case dramatically underscore the importance and urgency of this issue.  The Senate must not adopt the “wait and see” attitude that it did for two and a half years following the Janet Jackson incident – the entertainment industry’s lawsuits do not permit it.


“In addition, the intense activity from Hollywood’s Washington lobby to attempt to defeat this measure is further evidence that the industry has no intention of ever abiding by any meaningful self-regulation as licensees of the public airwaves.


“With no legislation currently before the Commerce Committee and the August recess looming, there is no hope - zero - that the Senate can act before the September oral arguments in the Janet Jackson case, or before the FCC’s deadline to respond to the 2nd Circuit opinion.  Congress has a small window to prove to the American public that it is serious about protecting children and the publicly-owned broadcast airwaves. The message from parents all over the country is clear: any vote against this broadcast decency amendment is a vote in favor of airing the f-word and the s-word at any time of day on broadcast television.  Contemporary Community Standards – and not two judges in New York City – are what should determine broadcast indecency standards. Any Senator who opposes this common sense measure should be ashamed and held accountable.”


To schedule an interview with a PTC representative, please contact Kelly Oliver (ext. 140) or Megan Franko (ext. 148) at (703) 683-5004.

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 more than 1.3 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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