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July 13, 2010
Dennis Wharton
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NAB Statement on Today's Indecency Ruling

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit issued a ruling today asserting that the Federal Communications Commission's policy regulating indecency "violates the First Amendment because it is unconstitutionally vague, creating a chilling effect."

Commenting on the court ruling, NAB Executive Vice President of Communications Dennis Wharton issued the following statement:

"NAB supports today's appellate court decision. As broadcasters, we will continue to offer programming that is reflective of the diverse communities we serve. We believe that responsible decision making by network and local station executives, coupled with program blocking technologies like the V-chip, is far preferable to government regulation of program content."

Today's ruling comes in the case of Fox Television Stations, Inc. v. FCC.

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