Today, for the first time in more than 8 years, The Federal Communications Commission began enforcing the federal law that prohibits profanity and indecency on broadcast TV.
This is a major victory – one that we have worked on for all those 8 years and much, much longer. Despite more that 1,000,000 public complaints and two U.S. Supreme Court cases that upheld the decency federal law, the FCC has let foul language, partial nudity, and virtually anything else be broadcast even during what used to be called the “family hours” in early evening.
Indecency on TV sexualizes our children and prepares them to become participants in the pornified world that awaits them. This is exactly why the National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCSE), formerly Morality in Media (MIM), has been a leader in the matter of TV indecency for more than 50 years
Today I thank FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, and the other four Commissioners for their brave action, charging a TV station in Roanoke, Virginia for putting an actual porn clip on TV. I believe this action is the start of something big and we will see the FCC much more active in protecting the airwaves.
We worked tirelessly with our friends at Parents Television Council, Family Research Council, Concerned Women for America, Focus on the Family and numerous other groups for this victory. We made it easy for thousands of you to make your voice heard. We met with key U.S. Senators, and with the FCC Commissioners themselves to get this victory and we filed legal briefs in the key court cases, all the way up to the Supreme Court.
Most of all we want to thank YOU for making everything we do possible. We have an aggressive plan to win and know we are backed up by YOU whenever and wherever we carry the fight!
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NCSE Praises FCC for Protecting Children from TV Indecency
FCC’s Tom Wheeler and commissioners come to unanimous vote on enforcement
Washington, D.C. (March 23, 2015) – Today, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) unanimously voted to enforce the federal broadcast indecency law after an eight-year hiatus. Today’s enforcement vote came against television station WDBJ, Roanoke Virginia, (parent company Schurz Communications) regarding a July 12, 2012, 6 p.m. broadcast news clip that featured a porn video clip.
“The FCC is the guardian of broadcast decency and it must enforce the law. We praise FCC Chairman, Tom Wheeler for initiating this enforcement action and for the message it will send to broadcasters everywhere,” stated Dawn Hawkins, Executive Director of National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCSE).
Hawkins added, “Indecency on TV sexualizes our children and prepares them to become participants in the pornified world that awaits them. This is exactly why the National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCSE), formerly Morality in Media (MIM), has been a leader in the matter of TV indecency for more than 50 years.”
The federal indecency law, 18 U. S. C. 1464 and FCC rules prohibit indecent material on broadcast TV and radio between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m, though many networks and stations have ignored the law for years, Hawkins noted. The FCC defines broadcast indecency as “language or material that, in context, depicts or describes, in terms patently offensive as measured by contemporary community standards for the broadcast medium, sexual or excretory organs or activities.” NCSE leads a project to defend broadcast decency standards http://endsexualexploitation.org/fcc/ that includes instructions on how to file a complaint.