NASHVILLE (NRB) – U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn and Family Research Council’s Tony Perkins were among those urging broadcasters to stand up against increasing censorship from social media and others in the tech industry March 1 at Proclaim 18, the National Religious Broadcasters’ (NRB) International Christian Media Convention.
Perkins said social media platforms “are holding themselves out to be the virtual public square,” and as such, “it needs to be open to all ideas.”
“America is only strong and America can only prosper when you have the free flow and exchange of ideas,” Perkins said. “There’s no question about it, we are a divided nation. But silencing one half of America is not going to bring peace, and it is not going to bring America together. It will only further divide.”
Moderated by Fox News’ Todd Starnes, NRB President & CEO Dr. Jerry A. Johnson briefly discussed Internet Freedom Watch, an NRB initiative to defend free speech. During his address at Proclaim 18 he noted, “We’re documenting these cases of censorship, and if you experience these kinds of digital media censorship, we want you to enter your story.”