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CONTACT: Amy Smorodin
May 4 , 2007
(202) 289-8928
The Complexities of Regulating TV Violence
May 18th Event to Explore FCC Report and Recommended Government Actions

WASHINGTON D.C. - The Federal Communications Commission recently released a report regarding the impact of violent programming on children. The report, issued in response to a Congressional request on the subject, concludes the government should assume a much greater role in regulating violence on television. Is regulation or other government action needed to address concerns about violence on television? How would violent content be determined? Would such regulation be deemed constitutional? These and related issues will be discussed at "The Complexities of Regulating TV Violence," a May 18th Congressional Seminar hosted by The Progress & Freedom Foundation.

A discussion panel will gather the views of regulators, first amendment defenders and behavioral analysts to discuss the conclusions of the FCC report. More information on panelists will be released in upcoming week.

PFF Senior Fellow Adam Thierer, moderator of the event, has written extensively on content regulation, parental controls and regulatory policy. In upcoming months, Thierer will release a new special report, "Parental Control & Online Child Protection: A Survey of Tools and Methods," a comprehensive guide to parental controls available for the wide variety of entertainment media available today.

"The Complexities of Regulating TV Violence" will be held from noon to 2 pm on Friday, May 18th in Room B354 of the Rayburn House Office Building. Lunch will be served. Those wishing to attend can register online. General questions can be addressed to Brooke Glass at 202-289-8928 or Media enquiries can be addressed to Amy Smorodin at 202-289-8928 or

The Progress & Freedom Foundation is a market-oriented think tank that studies the digital revolution and its implications for public policy. It is a 501(c)(3) research & educational organization.



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