Portsmouth Council Bans Music in Meetings

Portsmouth Council Bans Music in Meetings
September 25, 2023

The City Council voted unanimously to ban the playing of music and videos during the public comment portion of its meetings after a local man played what a councilor described as ‘the white Christian nationalist anthem.’

City Councilor Josh Denton made the successful motion to amend the City Council’s rules about public comment — where residents are allowed to come up to a podium and speak for typically three minutes on a topic of their choosing — at this week’s council meeting.

He called the playing of songs, videos or other recordings during public comment both a distraction and a disservice to the public at large.