The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) -- which focuses on constitutional law -- said that a decision by the Obama administration to pull the plug on its proposal for putting monitors in newsrooms is a significant victory for the First Amendment and the freedom of the press, the Charisma News website reports today (February 25, 2014).
Under fire from a growing number of Americans, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released a statement announcing it is pulling the plug on the proposal, saying some of the questions directed to members of the news media "overstepped the bounds of what is required."
"This is a significant victory for the First Amendment and the freedom of the press," says Jay Sekulow, chief counsel of the ACLJ. "The American people spoke out and sent a persuasive message to the Obama administration: The federal government has no business interfering in the news business -- putting monitors in newsrooms in an attempt to control the media's message."
Sekulow adds, "By shutting down this proposal, the FCC took the only action it could. We will now remain vigilant to ensure that the FCC follows through on its pledge to refrain from putting monitors in America's newsrooms."