Friday, November 12, 2004

why do I have to read about this...

...fear of 'morality' censorship in the US in a British newspaper?

And do you think that perhaps the censorship of the depiction of wartime violence during D-Day may have something to do with what is going on in Fallujah?... You're damn right it does!

"More than 20 American TV stations last night boycotted a Veterans Day screening of war picture Saving Private Ryan because of fears that they would be censured by a newly aggressive television regulator over the movie's violence and graphic language.

Network executives said the rebellion by affiliates of the ABC television network in Dallas, Atlanta, Phoenix and other leading markets was sparked by fears of reprisals from the Federal Communications Commission....

"We're just coming off an election where moral issues were cited as a reason by people voting one way or another and, in my opinion, the commissioners are fearful of the new congress," he said.

After the FCC refused to guarantee stations they could broadcast the film without fear of repercussion, network executives said they were taking no chances...."