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NRB Speaks on Press Freedom

Board adopts resolutions on “important issues of freedom and access for Christian media”

At the International Christian Media Convention in Nashville, the Board of Directors of the National Religious Broadcasters approved four resolutions which it said concerned press freedom and access to media.

The board called on the FCC to suspend the “Multi-Market Study of Critical Information Needs” study that had recently appeared in the news.

It urged the “SupremeCourt to uphold the First Amendment’s guarantee of religious free exercise in several cases before it this year, including Hobby Lobby’s battle against the Obamacare mandate that all employer health insurance plans cover certain abortion-inducing drugs and a case to protect public prayer,” a release explained.

And it urged the current administration “to actively advocate to the international community the principles of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.”

In addition, the board supported “must carry” laws requiring cable systems to carry local TV channels. It also urged the “government” to recognize the important place of religious TV ministries for viewers.