The Freedom to View
The FREEDOM TO VIEW
, along with the freedom to speak, to hear, and to
read, is protected by the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States.
In a free society, there is no place for censorship of any medium of expression.
Therefore these principles are affirmed:
- To provide the broadest access to film, video, and other audiovisual materials
because they are a means for the communication of ideas. Liberty of circulation
is essential to insure the constitutional guarantees of freedom of expression.
- To protect the confidentiality of all individuals and institutions using
film, video, and other audiovisual materials.
- To provide film, video, and other audiovisual materials which represent
a diversity of views and expression. Selection of a work does not constitute
or imply agreement with or approval of the content.
- To provide a diversity of viewpoints without the constraint of labeling
or prejudging film, video, or other audiovisual materials on the basis of
the moral, religious, or political beliefs of the producer or filmmaker or
on the basis of controversial content.
- To contest vigorously, by all lawful means, every encroachment upon the
public's freedom to view.
This statement was originally drafted by the Freedom to View Committee of the
American Film and Video Association (formerly the Educational Film Library Association)
and was adopted by the AFVA Board of Directors in February 1979. This statement
was updated and approved by the AFVA Board of Directors in 1989. Endorsed by
the ALA Council January 10, 1990