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For Immediate Release
April 27, 2012

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NRB CONCERN: WILL ONLINE DISCLOSURE LEAD TO CHILLING EFFECT?

 

Manassas,VA- NRB expressed concern with today’s decision by the FCC to require mandatory Internet disclosure by television stations of “political files” and information related to issue-advocacy organizations.

Dr. Frank Wright, President and CEO of NRB, declared, “We remain concerned that the Law of Unintended Consequences may well trump the intended policy aims of this rule.”

In its 2011 public filing against this FCC proposal, NRB highlighted the startling acts of harassment, retaliation, and violence perpetrated against supporters of traditional marriage resulting from a similar Internet-posting rule in California during the “Proposition 8” debate.  Also, noting that the Supreme Court has recognized the potential for harm in giving national exposure to such private citizen information, NRB pointed out that such a rule change would conflict with First Amendment protections that afford citizens a healthy measure of privacy regarding their social and political associations.

“The decision to force TV stations (and possibly radio broadcasters next) to post on the web detailed data on ordinary citizens who are involved in election campaigns or in controversial public issues is naïve, and ignores their First Amendment rights,” said Craig Parshall, NRB Senior Vice President and General Counsel. “We fear that innocent citizen activists will find themselves suffering the kind of retaliation described in our Comment to the FCC opposing this idea.”

About NRB
The National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) is a non-partisan, international association of Christian communicators whose member organizations represent millions of listeners, viewers, and readers. Our mission is to advance biblical truth; to promote media excellence; and to defend free speech. In addition to promoting standards of excellence, integrity, and accountability, NRB provides networking, educational, ministry, and fellowship opportunities for its members. Learn more at www.nrb.org.

About The NRB Convention
The annual Convention & Exposition is the largest nationally and internationally recognized event dedicated solely to assist those in the field of Christian communications. The dynamic Exposition consists of nearly 200 companies and is an active marketplace for those seeking tools and services to expand their organizations. NRB 2013 will be held at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville, TN, March 2- 5, 2013.

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