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FEPP Archives - Press Releases and Advisories

Scholars Ask AAP to Reconsider Misstatements About Media Violence
(December 5, 2001) - A group of media scholars asked the American Academy of Pediatrics today to reconsider its November 2001 Policy Statement on Media Violence because of its "many misstatements about social-science research on media effects." The scholars cited both the Policy Statement's factual inaccuracies and its "overall distortions and failure to acknowledge many serious questions about the interpretation of media violence studies."

Supreme Court in COPA Case Ducks Question of What is Harmful to Minors
(May 13, 2002) - The Supreme Court ruled that the use of an unpredictable "community standards" test to determine what online expression is "harmful to minors" is not in itself enough to invalidate the Child Online Protection Act. The Court did not address the question raised four sexuality scholars organizations in a brief written by FEPP - whether minors are really harmed from reading or viewing sexual material. The case was sent back to the lower courts.

Comments to the FCC on Broadcast Localism
(November 1, 2004) - The Brennan Center for Justice, the Consumer Federation of America, and 30 other organizations urged the agency responsible for regulating the public airwaves to repair the lack of localism and diversity in commercial broadcasting by providing more opportunities for independent community-oriented nonprofit media.

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