In 1944, National Religious Broadcasters was founded when 150 evangelical broadcasters came together to address corporate censorship that had made it virtually impossible for Bible-believing Christians to purchase network radio airtime because influential leaders found their viewpoint to be unacceptable. Because of NRB’s influence, in a few short years, the censorship that had kept evangelical messages off radio abated and the Christian gospel was again broadcasted across the nation.
Today’s Threats to Free Speech
As critical a communication platform as radio was in 1944, in today’s public square, the internet is a dominant — perhaps the most dominant — platform for the exchange of ideas. Chillingly, a growing censorship of Christian and politically conservative viewpoints on the internet is happening in America and across the globe. Major players in Silicon Valley with enormous influence over what is seen on the internet and on social media platforms are suppressing viewpoints that run counter to their preferred ideologies.
In response to this new threat of censorship of ideas, National Religious Broadcasters has launched Internet Freedom Watch, a new initiative to bring greater attention to these threats, challenge Silicon Valley to uniformly practice its professed commitment to free speech, and explore possible public policy options that may exist to address the loss of internet freedom. Internet Freedom Watch is an expansion of NRB’s pioneering work in establishing the John Milton Project for Free Speech in 2011, which first raised concerns about internet censorship and urged Silicon Valley to adopt the Free Speech Charter for the Internet, a model to serve the interests of both free speech and free enterprise. Today, NRB is tracking reported cases of suppression of Christian and conservative views on the internet, highlighting prominent examples on a timeline on internetfreedomwatch.org.
National Religious Broadcasters is a nonpartisan association of evangelical Christian communicators whose member organizations represent millions of listeners, viewers, and readers. We are uniquely positioned to defend the first three freedoms of the First Amendment — religion, speech, and press. NRB has been doing just that since its founding in 1944. Based in Washington, D.C., we are strategically located to defend your freedoms on Capitol Hill and before the Executive Branch. With your First Amendment freedoms at risk like never before, and NRB is positioned to stand against these threats, isn’t it time you join us?