Supreme Court Should Uphold Key Free Speech Decision
September 28, 2007
Filed under Free Expression
It was reported today that the Administration is going to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to review a Court of Appeals decision to strike down the Federal Communications Commission's policy of regulating "fleeting expletives" on broadcast television. The Second Circuit's excellent opinion was a victory for free speech not only because it struck down a troubling policy, but also because it acknowledged the fact that technology allowing viewers to control their own media experiences is quickly eroding the original constitutional justification for the FCC's censorship authority. CDT strongly supports the opinion and urges the Supreme Court to uphold it, either by denying the government's petition or by affirming the Second Circuit ruling.