Genachowski: FCC's Still Enforcing Indecency Rules
July 31, 2009 at 5:56 PM (PT)
New FCC Chairman JULIUS GENACHOWSKI told BROADCASTING AND CABLE's JOHN EGGERTON in an interview that the Commission will "defend and enforce" indecency laws and will be working through the backlog of indecency cases.
"Litigation is ongoing," said GENACHOWSKI. "Our general counsel started last week, and he has not had a chance to look into it and make a recommendation with respect to overall litigation strategy. Our responsibilities are to defend and enforce the law. This is an area where the general counsel's view on what the right process is moving forward-since the litigation still is pending-is important. He is in the middle of studying it."
On the difference between promoting diversity of voices and reinstituting a "Fairness Doctrine," GENACHOWSKI said, "I would ask those who think they are related to explain to me how they are. The Fairness Doctrine ultimately has the huge risk of getting the government involved in censoring speech on the basis of political views and opinion. And that is not acceptable to me. Chilling speech was the core reason that the Fairness Doctrine was repealed. The commission, as long as I am here, won't have any interest in reinstating it and doing anything to censor speech based on political views and opinions.
"The interest in diversity goes back to the beginnings of the Communications Act. It goes back to core principles underlying the First Amendment. We benefit as a society when we have a vibrant marketplace of ideas representing different points of view. And that is a proposition that I don't think has been disputed."
Read the interview by clicking here.