Sacramento City College
Library and Instructional Media Center
Freedom to View Statement
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.
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
by the ALA Council January 10, 1990