Former ESA VP to Chair National Coalition Against Censorship

Gail Markels (left), a New York attorney who formerly served as VP and General Counsel with game publishers’ trade group ESA, has been elected to chair the board of the National Coalition Against Censorship.

Most recently, NCAC was active in the successful fight against Utah’s Jack Thompson-authored video game bill, HB 353.

Markels (left), who worked for the Motion Picture Association of America before her stint with the ESA, commented on her new duties:

Unfortunately my experience in both the video game and film industries has taught me that censorship is alive and that we cannot take the freedom to read, watch and play the books, movies or video games we choose for granted.


The NCAC plays a vital role in protecting the freedom to decide for ourselves what we want to read, see, say, hear, and think.

Before leaving the ESA in early 2008, Markels compiled an umblemished string of court victories against states which attempted to enact video game legislation.

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    Dejiko says:

    Unblemished? looks like she hasn’t gone up against phoenix wright/apollo justice yet!

    Joking aside, I hope she can keep down all the idiots who think groups like the KKK are just fine(since they NEVER try to do anything about them), but shooting polygons is going way too far

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    mdo7 says:


    Now Jack can add the NCAC on it’s conspiracy list.  So will the Eagle Forum, PTC, AFA (American family Association), and other pro-censorship and religious extremist groups.  The NCAC are a good a group like by people, gamers, and people who support 1’st amendment.  hated by people like JT, and the like of pro-censorship.


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    black manta says:

    News like this would only give further proof in JT’s head that the video game industry and the National Coalition Against Censorship are in collusion with one another. 

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    TBoneTony says:

    We all wish you the best of luck Gail in helping us keep our freedoms of speech in the world, because from what I know in Australia is that if a game can’t come out in USA, then we are all stuffed when it comes to Australia.



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