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Press Release

February 2, 2011


PTC Members Contacting State Attorneys General,

Urging Investigation of “Skins"

LOS ANGELES ( February 2, 2011 ) – Today, the Parents Television Council™ asked its members and other concerned citizens to begin contacting their state attorneys general, urging them to investigate “Skins” on MTV. The New York Times reported that MTV executives were concerned they may have violated national child pornography laws in the filming of the show, particularly during the third episode which aired this week.

PTC is now calling on state attorneys general to investigate whether local cable and satellite providers have violated state and local laws relating to child pornography and exploitation by distributing the content. PTC has already called on U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and the House and Senate Judiciary committees to launch a full investigation.

“It is unfortunate that we have reached the point of having to call for a criminal investigation into the production and distribution of an MTV show depicting minors in sexual situations. As if the blatant teen drug and alcohol abuse on ‘Skins’ isn’t enough, the fact that MTV allegedly considered whether its program might have violated child pornography laws – and then went ahead and aired it anyway – is beyond repulsive,” said PTC President Tim Winter.

“We urge state attorneys general to investigate whether local cable and satellite providers have violated the law by distributing this content. Our hope is that no cable or satellite provider would willingly distribute content that might be illegal,” Winter concluded.


To speak with a representative from the Parents Television Council, please contact Megan Franko at (703) 859-5054 or Liz Krieger at (703) 683-5004 ext. 120.

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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