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Supreme Court Will Hear Public TV Channel Dispute (1)

Oct. 12, 2018, 6:52 PMUpdated: Oct. 12, 2018, 8:44 PM

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to review a ruling that public-access TV channels are public forums protected by the First Amendment.

The high court Oct. 12 granted a petition from Manhattan Community Access Corp., which faces free speech claims from two video producers who had been suspended by the nonprofit TV channel operator for allegedly offensive content. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit held that the video producers’ claims can proceed because the channels, which run content submitted by local residents, are public forums and a city official picked Manhattan to run them.

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