FCC suspends newsroom monitoring, Commissioner Pai Statement
From the FCC February 21, 2014.
“Federal Communications Commission
News Media Information: (202) 418-0500
445 12th Street, S.W.
Washington, DC 20554
TTY: (888) 835-5322
This is an unofficial announcement of Commission action. Release of the full text of a Commission order constitutes official action.
See MCI v. FCC
, 515 F.2d 385 (D.C. Cir. 1974).
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
NEWS MEDIA CONTACT:
February 21, 2014
Matthew Berry, 202-418-2005
STATEMENT OF COMMISSIONER AJIT PAI
ON THE SUSPENSION OF THE CRITICAL INFORMATION NEEDS STUDY
I welcome today’s announcement that the FCC has suspended its “Multi-Market Study of Critical Information Needs,” or CIN study. This study would have thrust the federal government into newsrooms across the country, somewhere it just doesn’t belong. The Commission has now recognized that no study by the federal government, now or in the future, should involve asking questions to media owners, news directors, or reporters about their practices. This is an
important victory for the First Amendment. And it would not have been possible without the American people making their voices heard. I will remain vigilant that any future initiatives not infringe on our constitutional freedoms.”