CitizenLink: Tougher Decency Measure Wins Approval

Broadcasters no longer would be able to get away
with occasional or fleeting instances of profanity, as they have under
past federal court rulings, under new standards approved by the Senate
Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee.

The Protecting Children from Indecent Programming Act, sponsored by
Sens. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., and Mark Pryor, D-Ark., would restore
the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) authority to fine
radio and TV broadcasters for airing even “a single word or image
… considered indecent.”

FCC Chairman Kevin J. Martin applauded the move, saying it shows
Congress understands “what we on the commission and every parent
already knows: Even a single word or image can be indecent.”

The measure still needs full Senate approval. “We hope the
full Senate and eventually the House will see the pressing need for
this legislation,” said Daniel Weiss, senior analyst for media
and sexuality at Focus on the Family Action. “Broadcast indecency
is under attack by an entertainment industry intent on polluting the

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