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.
From the American Library Association