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Former NBC legal exec warns of looming threat to free speech in the U.S.

‘Localism’ is the Old TV Fairness Doctrine with a New Name, He Says

 


The man who served as NBC-TV’s legal counsel for 25 years warns the FCC is poised to resurrect broad censorship rules that were revoked in 1987 because of their chilling effect on both free speech and the television press.

Corydon B. Dunham says the proposed new Localism, Balance and Diversity Doctrine could eventually also affect news on the Internet. The FCC is reportedly planning to transfer the broadcast spectrum used by local television to the Internet to make it the nation’s primary communications platform,and the agency has started to regulate the Internet.

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