U2 frontman Bono has received the backing of artists and media giants, after he was reprimanded by America's decency watchdogs the FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSIONS (FCC) for swearing on TV.

Media multi-national VIACOM and the Screen Actors Guild are among those uniting behind the WITH OR WITHOUT YOU singer, who caused a storm of protest when he used the 'f**k' word during last year's (03) live Golden Globe Awards telecast.

The FCC - keen to clamp down on televisual controversy following Janet JACKSON's breast-baring escapade at the Super Bowl (FEB04) - subsequently issued Bono with a strong warning that his bad language won't be tolerated in future.

But the protesters have slammed the FCC ruling as "chilling free speech across the broadcast landscape".

20/04/2004 13:38