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Media Literacy: An Alternative to Censorship

by Marjorie Heins & Christina Cho

Fully revised and updated (fall 2003) - a detailed survey of media literacy education and why it is preferable to TV ratings, Internet filters, "indecency" laws, and other efforts to censor the ideas and information available to the young.

The .html version of this report is no longer available. Click here for the .pdf version.

The Free Expression Policy Project began in 2000 as part of the National Coalition Against Censorship, to provide empirical research and policy development on tough censorship issues and seek free speech-friendly solutions to the concerns that drive censorship campaigns. From May 2004 to March 2007, it was part of the Democracy Program at the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law. FEPP has been supported by grants from the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation, the Nathan Cummings Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Educational Foundation of America, the Open Society Institute, and the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.

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