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The End of the Saga?

Powell: FCC Won't Further Define Indecent Speech
FCC Chairman Michael Powell indicated Tuesday that the commission has no intention of spelling out what constitutes "indecent speech" on television. Speaking during a question-and-answer session at the NAB convention in Las Vegas, Powell told the broadcasters: "You don't want the government to write a red book of what the government says you can and cannot say." He said that the commission would likely rely on the definition that "has been around for decades," that is, any description of "sexual or excretory activities or organs in a patently offensive manner as measured by contemporary community standards for the broadcast medium." In recent weeks, the commission has ruled that both the Janet Jackson breast-baring incident during the Super Bowl telecast and the utterance of the expression "f***ing brilliant" by Bono during the Golden Globes telecast were indecent. Powell said that the commission's decision to crack down on broadcast indecency was a "direct response to the concerns of the public."
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