Freedom of Speech

Award-Winning Poet Sarah Jones Appeals Procedural Dismissal of Censorship Suit Against FCC

World-renowned playwright, poet and artist Sarah Jones today appealed the dismissal on procedural grounds of her censorship suit against the Federal Communications Commission. The appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit was filed by People For the American Way Foundation and prominent New York-based media law firm Frankfurt Garbus Kurnit Klein & Selz. On September 4th, Judge Denise Cote of the U.S. District Court of the Southern District of New York dismissed Jones' lawsuit without reaching the merits of the case. Jones sued the FCC because the commission branded one of her works "indecent." That designation has had a continuing chilling effect on her First Amendment right to free speech.

Judge Dismisses Award-Winning Poet Sarah Jones' Censorship Suit Against FCC on Procedural Grounds

On September 4th, Judge Denise Cote of the U.S. District Court of the Southern District of New York dismissed on procedural grounds Sarah Jones’ lawsuit against the Federal Communications Commission. Jones was suing because the FCC branded her work “indecent” in a ruling against a broadcaster, and that designation has had a continuing chilling effect on her First Amendment right to free speech.

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