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May 8, 2021

NAB Statement on Requests for FCC Investigations of Broadcast Stations for Journalism Content

“Local broadcasters carry the mantel of investigative journalism, shining a light on government corruption, questioning those in power and ensuring consumers have a powerful voice to fight back against injustice. It is concerning that some public officials – typically those whose actions have been called into question – would ask the federal government to step in and censor broadcasters in violation of the First Amendment. The Federal Communications Commission must reject such unconstitutional attacks on free speech. It is a slippery slope, and one that our nation’s founders clearly sought to prevent.”

On Background: The Baltimore State's Attorney recently submitted a complaint requesting the Federal Communications Commission investigate WBFF-TV regarding the station's news coverage of the state's attorney's office.

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