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Clyburn: CIN Not Intended To Chill Speech


The FCC has been taking a lot of heat over a plan to do a Critical Information Needs (CIN) study throughout newsrooms across the country. Speaking at the Media Institute in Washington, Wednesday, FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn said the reason for the study was to better understand the markets the commission regulates, not to chill speech: “I would never, ever, ever be a part of any effort to chill speech, shape the news or influence.” Republican lawmakers are taking no chances. Congressman Greg Walden plans to introduce legislation squashing the CIN study.

The plan was put forward when Clyburn was acting chair of the FCC. She says the study is to gather data about whether there are any market-entry barriers, preventing local communities from receiving important information. "As a person who spent 14 years running a small weekly, I would never be a part of any effort to chill speech, shape the news, or influence news gatherers," she told her audience of media execs, lawyers, and others. "I am about facilitating ownership and opportunities and making sound decisions about our most critical industries, based on solid research and not rhetoric."

(2/27/2014 1:18:15 PM)
Anytime you allow Congress to stick its nose into our newsrooms, whatever their excuse for doing so, is nothing more than an opening of Pandora's box, and though it might not spell bad things for alsways ends up bad down the line. Free speech is free speech. If Congress wants to know what is being reported, they should listen to the news like all other Americans do. Either on the TV or Radio.

- wayne Mulling
(2/27/2014 9:56:48 AM)
Of course! This explains why they were including newspapers, where they have NO jurisdiction at all.
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