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Document Type

Article

Publication Date

3-1994

Publication Citation

46 Federal Communications Law Journal 267 (1994)

Abstract

Section 315(a) of the Communications Act--the anti-censorship provision--allows for the presentation of candidates' unvarnished positions on issues important to the voting public. In the 1990s, ads centered around abortion caused a collision between the interests of political candidates and broadcasters. The Article reviews broadcasters' attempts to use the indecency provisions of the Communications Act to channel controversial political advertisements. The Authors conclude that airing potentially indecent political ads is unlikely to result in sanctions for broadcasters.

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