Check out our latest newsletter. We report on our indecency case going to the Supreme Court, the fight against media consolidation, and our work on Internet Freedom and Net Neutrality. Link: Center for Creative Voices in Media: News.
Free Speech Muzzled – and Protected
Perhaps you saw that Fox TV censored Sally Field as she said while accepting an Emmy award, "Let's face it: if the mothers ruled the world, there would be no goddamn wars in the first place," even though nothing Ms. Field said violates FCC rules on objectionable speech. During the same telecast, an off color joke by Ray Romano was also censored, even though it violated no FCC rules. Said one Fox exec of the incidents, "You’re dealing with a regulatory environment that is so tough that broadcasters have to err on the side of extreme caution. That’s where it can have a chilling effect on free speech and/or creativity." Indeed, heavy-handed government regulation has so chilled free speech that even a guy from conservative Fox was moved to defend a liberal's right to criticize the war on the public airwaves.
That's just a bit of our 3Q 2007 Newsletter. Hot off the press, it's here.
Our new phone number is 202.903.4081. Thanks for your patience as we scrambled to get new phones after our phone company, SunRocket, went out of business and stopped all service without notice. Here's a link to the SunRocket story.
On the very day that Creative Voices filed Comments with the FCC calling for Net Neutrality, its phone lines are suddenly cut! Coincidence? Did we fire one too many shots at Big Telecom? At the FCC? And why are those two guys always sitting in the phone company repair van out on the curb watching our office through binoculars?
No, no, no conspiracy theories here. Our VoIP phone service, Sunrocket, went out of business yesterday with no notice, leaving its 200,000 other subscribers, including us, high and dry, with no phones. We'll have the phones back ASAP, hopefully with the same numbers. Thanks for your patience.
Creative Voices reports on its work battling FCC censorship, media consolidation and concentration, and the attempt by cable and telco monopolists to wrest control of the Internet away from the public. Link: Center for Creative Voices in Media: News.
An excellent quarter to end an exciting, productive, and successful year for Creative Voices. We discuss our lawsuit against the FCC over censorship in the name of "indecency," the public's victory over AT&T on Net Neutrality, how the change in control of Congress will affect media policy, and the FCC's efforts to loosen or toss out its few remaining media ownership limits. Its got all the news that fits, in an easy-to-read non-wonky style. Check it out: Creative Voices in Media: Newsletter.
John Eggerton writes about our Free Speech 24/7 Store in today's Broadcasting & Cable. The Center for Creative Voices in Media, whose creative voices include Steven Bochco, Vin Di Bona (both targets of indecency complaints), Diane English and Tom Fontana, is telling the commission off on coffee cups and cotton T’s in no uncertain terms. A surf of its "free-speech" store at cafepress.com/creativevoices turned up, among others, the "What the FCC happened to free speech?" mug, coaster and mousepad; the "What Price Free $peech" green T-shirt; and the "Murdoch: It’s Australian for Monopoly, Mate" T-shirt (the Center is also fighting media consolidation with a vengeance). Center President Jonathan Rintels says," We’re not trying to take it too seriously, and we don’t think they are, either. We’re trying to have a bit of fun." One strong seller is the women’s "WARNING: do not remove without permission of the FCC" tank top. Rintels says the firm has received several orders from an unlikely group: FCC staffers. Link: The FCC Gets Mugged - Broadcasting & Cable. Browse CV's Store here.
Hot off the digital press! CV's take on the second quarter's battles over indecency, censorship, free expression, net neutrality, media concentration, and so much more. Link: Center for Creative Voices in Media: News. Technorati Tags: Save the Net Net Neutrality NetworkNeutrality Telecom television TV cable Indecency FCC