Indecency Rules Redefined for Television

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A federal appeals court has struck down a 2004 Federal Communications Commission policy, redefining indecency rules for broadcast television.

On Tuesday, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan ruled that the FCC's "fleeting expletive" policy violates the First Amendment.

The policy fined broadcasters for allowing a single curse word on live television.

"The score for today's game is First Amendment one, censorship zero," Andrew Jay Schwartzman, policy director of Media Access Project, said.

The rule was put in place after a 2003 Golden Globes awards show where U2 lead singer Bono used profanity.

The Parents Television Council told CBN News the FCC should fight the ruling because "broadcasters must refrain from violating community standards of decency during hours when children are likely to be in the audience."

 

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