is this broadcast censorship?
Sun Oct 24 00:24:11 EDT 2004
A bar is also a public gathering place and to exclude the press strikes me
as being just another liberty being stripped away. Sounds like the USSR in
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From: "Larry Weil" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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Subject: Re: is this broadcast censorship?
> At 11:30 PM -0400 10/23/04, gic wrote:
>>I am somewhat surprised that no one has mentioned the fact that Mayor Tom
>>"mumbles" Menino has passed an executive order that tv cameras and
>>reporters will not be allowed in bars during the world series. What the
>>hell gives him the right to say where cameras and reports can and cannot
>>be filed from? Its none of his business. If government gets away with
>>this, it will a short hop to telling the media what they can and cannot
>>report about, at least in my opinion. The medias silence on this really
> I don't think it's censorship. A bar is private property, but licensed by
> the state to sell liquor. The owner of a bar can exclude anyone he/she
> wishes (as long as it doesn't violate discrimination laws), including
> reporters and camera crews. The mayor's order is not directed at TV
> crews, but rather warns the bar owners that they risk their licenses if
> they allow TV crews in their establishments. This is much the same as the
> government requiring your ice cream stands to meet standards of sanitation
> and food preparation, in order to insure public safety.
> The government licenses establishments to sell liquor, and as such has
> control over the environment and circumstances of such sales. Selling
> alcohol is a privilege and not a right.
> Larry Weil
> Lake Wobegone, NH
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