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
- 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 ensure 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.
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