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Only a Game: Why Censoring New Media Won’t Stop Gun Violence
Media Coalition released a report in response to recent claims that media causes violence. The report looks at social science research studying the link between aggressive behavior and video games with violent images and finds that the data on the claimed harms of violent video games are highly controvertible, and even those that can be found are negligible and short-lived.
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Shooting the Messenger: Why Censorship Won’t Stop Violence
Shooting the Messenger: Why Censorship Won’t Stop Violence, examines at length the scientific claims of short — and long-term links between all kinds of media — movies, TV and music, as well as games — and violent crime. The report concludes with recommendations for helping kids to become smart media consumers and a reaffirmation of the American way of fighting offensive speech: not with censorship but with “more and different speech, informed speech, critical speech.”

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MEDIA COALITION NEWS

Susan B. Anthony List v. Driehaus: Q&A with Media Coalition, Inc. Executive Director David Horowitz

Media Coalition is an association that defends the First Amendment right to produce and distribute books, magazines, recordings, films and videogames; and defends the American public’s First Amendment right to have access to the broadest possible range of information, opinion and entertainment. Its members represent most of the booksellers, publishers, librarians, film, recording and videogame manufacturers, and home video and video game retailers in the United States. Q: Media Coalition recently filed a friend-of-the-court brief in Susan B.

Updated: Apr 21 2014, 19:57

Wisconsin S.B. 184: Bill failed to pass pursuant to Senate rules

On April 8, Wisconsin S.B. 184 failed to pass pursuant to Senate rules. The bill would bar the electronic posting of messages where other persons can view them using lewd or profane language or suggesting a lewd or lascivious act with the intent to annoy or offend.

Updated: Apr 11 2014, 19:15

Rhode Island H. 7766: Bill held for further study

The Rhode Island House Judiciary Committee recommended that H. 7766 be held for further study. The bill would criminalize the electronic dissemination to minors of “indecent” material. Media Coalition submitted a memo in opposition to the bill, stipulating that it is unconstitutionally overbroad.

Updated: Apr 02 2014, 18:49

Missouri H.B. 1665: Arrest photo bill amended to include news exception, passed out of House

Missouri H.B. 1665, which requires removal of arrest photos from websites upon request, has been amended to include an exception for news organizations. Media Coalition submitted a memo in opposition to the original bill. The amended bill was passed out of the House and is now in the Senate.

Updated: Apr 01 2014, 16:34

Minnesota S.F. 1863: Media Coalition submits memo in opposition

On March 26, 2014, Media Coalition sent to the Senate Judiciary Committee a memo in opposition to Senate Bill 1863. The bill would place restrictions on publishing arrest photos obtained from the state.

Updated: Mar 26 2014, 20:31

Rhode Island S.B. 2610: Bill held in committee for further study

On March 10, 2014, Media Coalition submitted a memo in opposition to Rhode Island Senate Bill 2610. The bill would make it a felony to electronically disseminate indecent materials to a person known or believed to be a minor. Violation would carry up to five years in prison, a fine of $5,000 or both, and anyone convicted of this violation would have to register as a sex offender.

Updated: Mar 13 2014, 19:18

Media Coalition files amicus brief in Supreme Court case Susan B. Anthony List v. Driehaus

On March 3, 2014, Media Coalition filed an amicus brief in Susan B. Anthony List v. Driehaus asking the Supreme Court to reaffirm that those who have a well-founded fear of prosecution have standing to bring a pre-enforcement challenge to a censorship law in federal court. The Sixth Circuit found that the plaintiffs did not have standing because they could not show that prosecution was imminent or likely.

Updated: Mar 05 2014, 19:19

Kansas S.B. 401: Media Coalition submits memo in opposition to bill as amended

On February 26, 2014, Media Coalition submitted a memo in opposition to Senate Bill 401 as amended to the Kansas Senate. The memo explained why lowering the knowledge requirement in the Kansas display law from “knowingly” to “recklessly” would chill retailers’ speech and lead to self-censorship.

Updated: Mar 05 2014, 19:18

West Virginia H.B. 2119: Media Coalition submits memo in opposition

On February 6, 2014, Media Coalition submitted a memo in opposition to House Bill 2119 to the West Virginia legislature. The memo explained why the sales tax would violate the First Amendment, and why it could lead to self-censorship and self-incrimination for retailers.

Updated: Mar 05 2014, 19:16

Kansas H.B. 2496: Media Coalition submits memo in opposition

On January 30, 2014, Media Coalition submitted a memo in opposition to House Bill 2496 to the Kansas House Corrections and Juvenile Justice Committee. The memo discussed why changing the knowledge requirement in the state display statute would have chilling effects on retailers and lead to self-censorship.

Updated: Mar 05 2014, 19:15