Regulating Indecency: The Federal Communication Commission’s Threat to the First Amendment

By: Reed Hundt

This paper is adapted from a talk given by the author at Duke University School of Law on April 6, 2005. The author argues that the Federal Communication Commission’s recent crackdown on television indecency poses a significant threat to First Amendment protections by (1) limiting television viewers’ freedom of choice and (2) implying the possibility of punishment for failure to cooperate with the political objectives of the governing party.

Cite: 2005 Duke L. & Tech. Rev. 0013