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Protecting Free Speech

There is a growing clamor by liberal members of Congress to reinstate the effect of the Fairness Doctrine (rescinded by Ronald Reagan in 1987) by either congressional action or regulation by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The Fairness Doctrine, more aptly described as the Censorship Doctrine, would infringe upon the American people's opportunity to listen to commentary and news of their choice on the radio.

Without a staunch defense of this basic American freedom, all other constitutionally protected liberties, for which our brave men and women have fought and died, will be put at risk. The American Civil Rights Union, through this campaign, will expose, illuminate and fight any and all efforts to take away our Freedom to Listen.

Click image below to hear Former Attorney General Ed Meese on the issue.

Ken Blackwell

ACRU Senior Fellow Ken Blackwell is the National Spokesman for Freedom to Listen.

“[L]icensees should convene and consult with permanent advisory boards made up of leaders from the community of each broadcast station” (emphasis added ... [Read More]

Latest Postings

2009-12-28: Mark Lloyd Denies Being a Communist
An article on the Wall Street Journal Blogs on 14 December, 2009, quotes Marl Lloyd, Chief Diversity Officer of the Federal Communication Commission, as denying that he is "a communist." Mr. Lloyd made this denial, coupled with an attack on the "right wing smear campaign," in a speech and following More

2009-11-16: Obama Supports Free Internet, In China
ABC News filed a story on its website on 16 November, 2009, with the title, "President Obama Tells Chinese Students Unrestricted Internet Access Makes the U.S. Stronger, Free Speech Makes Him a Better Leader." The article describes a town meeting in China, where the President answered questions from More

2009-11-11: Translation of the Latest FCC Ownership Rule
On October 30, 2009, in response to a request by the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), the FCC published a final version of a rule titled "Promoting Diversification of Ownership in the Broadcasting Services" which changed the biennial reporting requirements for broadcast licensees. More

2009-11-08: GA Sen. David Shafer Signs onto First Amendment Pledge
Washington D.C.—The American Civil Rights Union (ACRU) welcomes Georgia State Senator David Shafer (District 48) as the newest legislator to sign onto its Freedom to Listen Pledge. The pledge is designed to allow lawmakers to take a clear stand in favor of the First Amendment. More



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