FCC’s Anti-Indecency Actions Earn Thomas Jefferson Muzzle Award

Apr 12, 2005  •  Post A Comment

The Federal Communications Commission’s crackdown on indecent broadcasting since Janet Jackson’s exposure of her breast during the Super Bowl halftime show last year has won the agency a Muzzle award from the Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression.

The awards, issued annually to commemorate President Jefferson’s April 13 birthday, go to those “who in the past year forgot or disregarded Mr. Jefferson’s admonition that freedom of speech ‘cannot be limited without being lost,'” according to the group.

The FCC was specifically cited for pushing its authority “in a manner that far exceeds previous regulation levels and has created more confusion as to what constitutes ‘indecency.'”