The FCC’s indecency policy was struck down Tuesday by a U.S. appeals court, which called the policy a violation of the First Amendment, according to The New York Times’ Media Decoder.
The appeals panel called the Federal Communications Commission policy “unconstitutionally vague, creating a chilling effect that goes far beyond the fleeting expletives at issue here.”
The decision is seen as a win for big broadcasters such as ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC, which have been fighting the indecency policy for years, the story reports.
The ruling vacates a 2004 decision by the Bush administration FCC to step up enforcement of the indecency policy on the broadcast airwaves. Earlier that year, singer Janet Jackson’s breast was bared during the Super Bowl halftime show on CBS, reigniting a decades-old debate about broadcast standards, Media Decoder reports.