Oregon Association of Broadcasters: Preserving Access to 9-1-1 Tapes

Overview

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For the Oregon Association of Broadcasters (OAB), a group of more than 200 radio and television stations around the state, CFM has worked to avoid legislation that would have banned media access to 911 tapes or limited media coverage of crime scenes.

Challenge

Broadcasters, in their role imparting news and information to viewers and listeners, believe it is important to have unfettered access to news sources and information. Often, this has put broadcasters in opposition to members of the public or law enforcement agencies.

Approach

CFM has emphasized that Oregon Association of Broadcaster member stations are well able to police themselves, without government intervention, to strike the right balance between the public's right to know and the public's right to privacy. Further, CFM has emphasized that OAB-member stations are enterprises with substantial links to communities around the state and thus are interested in preserving, not embarrassing, those communities.

Result

CFM's effort, with grassroots help from all of the broadcasters, has avoided infringements on access to 911 tapes and crime scenes.