Noncoms Take Issue With Park Filming Proposal

Say Directive Would be Unconstitutional Content Regulation
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Public Broadcasters are not happy with a U.S. Forest Service directive on vetting filming requests in national parks, arguing it would be illegal content-based regulation.

While they are fine with leaving the wilderness untrammeled, they also don't want the Forest Service to run roughshod over the Consitution. In a filing Thursday, the groups ask the Forest Service to recraft the directive, and warn there could be legal action if that does not happen.

The service is proposing issuing a directive that officials evaluate TV and film project that want to use public lands on whether they have a "primary objective of dissemination of information about the use and enjoyment of wilderness or its ecological, geological, or other features."

That, says a coalition of noncoms including CPB, PBS and NPR, and the Association of Public Television Stations, would be tantamount to government officials making content-based judgments about whether to issue permits.

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