KKK's 1989 Fight to Get on Cable TV

ACLU filed a lawsuit in Kansas City on behalf of the Ku Klux Klan.
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The question in the mid -- courtroom today. How far can one community go to silence an organization. It regards as a hated. And dangerous advocate of racism in Kansas City the American Civil Liberties Union. Has filed a lawsuit claiming that the Ku Klux Klan is being unfairly kept off cable television. ABC's Charles Thomas is there. The Ku Klux Klan does more than burn crosses to draw attention to itself for a in at least fifty cities the plan also uses cable television public access channels to spread its fiery brand of racism you will of god ordered -- to kill six million Jews. Normally access channels can be used free of charge by any person or group ranging from home movie makers to ministers. But when the -- tried to put a show on in Kansas City the City Council which controls the cable franchise. Voted to eliminate the public access channel here. Rather than allow the -- the right to use it. We have something going on right now. Trends and just the right to speak. City officials fear the show to be called cleanse this city would incite violence but Klan members disagree. We're not going to be -- Goran kill. -- -- speaks Ky X let me say and that. We're only using powerful word. Negros oriental Jews however Klan members say after the ACLU contends the city cannot drop its access channel just to -- unpopular views off the year. The lawsuit on behalf of the -- and others who use the channel. Calls public access the electronic equivalent of -- speaker soapbox our public forum protected by the First Amendment. We simply feel that that free speech means free speech and means free speech for unpopular. Releases as well as popular ones. The lawsuit could affect the future of public access channels around the country. Can a city government unplug its cable soap box because it doesn't like what it might hear. Charles Thomas ABC news Kansas City.

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