NRB To Release Report on New Media Censorship
September 7, 2011 at 10:47 AM (PT)
Next week THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 15th, the NATIONAL RELIGIOUS BROADCASTERS (NRB) will unveil the first report of the JOHN MILTON PROJECT FOR RELIGIOUS FREE SPEECH at the NATIONAL PRESS CLUB in WASHINGTON, D.C. at 10a (ET).
The report concludes an 18-month study headed by NRB Sr. VP/General Counsel CRAIG PARSHALL. The report is said to evaluate practices and policies of new media technology companies to determine the risk of religious viewpoint censorship occurring on their platforms. Specifically, the report will highlight the practices of APPLE and ITUNES APP STORE, GOOGLE, FACEBOOK, MYSPACE and TWITTER, as well as Internet service providers AT&T, COMCAST and VERIZON.
“Sixty-seven years ago, NRB was founded in the fires of adversity when government regulations combined with policy decisions by major networks made it virtually impossible for evangelical ministers to buy radio airtime,” said NRB Pres./CEO Dr. FRANK WRIGHT. "Today around the world, millions of individuals use radio, television, and the Internet to listen to the broadcasts, live web streaming, and podcasts of NRB member organizations. If Christian content and worldview programing are censored by new media platforms, the Good News of the gospel could become one more casualty of institutionalized religious discrimination.”
The press announcement and report release will be followed immediately by a panel discussion of experts who will examine the findings of the first report of the JOHN MILTON PROJECT FOR RELIGIOUS FREE SPEECH. Panelists will include former FCC Commissioner and Founder/Director of the CENTER FOR ECONOMICS OF THE INTERNET at the HUDSON INSTITUTE HAROLD FURCHTGOTT-ROTH, CRAIG PARSHALL, Senior Counsel and Director of the WASHINGTON, D.C. office of the AMERICAN CENTER FOR LAW AND JUSTICE COLBY MAY. BRIAN WALSH, Executive Director of the AMERICAN RELIGIOUS FREEDOM PROGRAM at the ETHICS AND PUBLIC POLICY CENTER will moderate.