Broadcasters oppose anti-speech bill in Senate

NRB opposes the proposed amendment to the United States Constitution under consideration in the United States Senate. This effort (S.J.RES. 19) threatens serious consequences for all the freedoms found in the Bill of Rights’ First Amendment.

“Amending the U.S. Constitution is a serious matter,” declared Dr. Jerry A. Johnson, President & CEO of NRB. “I am concerned that, in this pre-election political theater, many Senate Democrats have signed their names to a perilous proposal that could allow the government to elevate or suppress voices at will.”

Earlier this summer, Dr. Johnson sent a letter to the Chairman and to the Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee warning that this Constitutional Amendment includes a section reiterating the freedom of the press, but is silent on the other First Amendment liberties – namely, religion, speech, assembly, and petition.

In his letter, Dr. Johnson stated, “In essence, this would establish the press as a super-class of speaker (without defining what the press is), but could well leave expression by the rest of Americans at the mercy of the federal government.”

NRB urges Senators to reject S.J.RES.19.

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