High-quality journalism is essential to an informed democracy. Unfortunately, the online ecosystem is stacked against the new publishers who produce trustworthy, high-quality information, with the dominant online platforms deciding the rules of the game and taking in the majority of the digital ad dollars being driven by your content.
In order to level the playing field and reach a deal that works for all parties, you may have noticed that House Antitrust Subcommittee Chairman David Cicilline (D-RI) and Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee Doug Collins (R-GA) recently reintroduced H.R. 2054, “Journalism Competition and Preservation Act.” A bipartisan companion bill, S. 1700, was also introduced by Senator John Neely Kennedy (R-LA), Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Ranking Member of the Senate Antitrust Subcommittee.The bill would allow news publishers to collectively negotiate for a better deal with the tech platforms to sustain high-quality journalism. We are incredibly grateful to the authors of this legislation, but introduction of these measures is just a first step.
ACT NOW: We ask you to call on your Member of Congress to co-sponsor this important legislation.
Our ability to build a sustainable digital future for journalism will depend, in large part, on our ability to get a better deal from Facebook and Google. With news publishers struggling with decreasing revenues, it is more important than ever to ask our elected representatives to support legislation that would help sustain journalism. We hope that, by drawing attention to this important issue, more lawmakers will join our cause and recognize the need to protect high-quality journalism.
The contacts you make during Congress' upcoming August break will help build momentum for the legislation when Congress returns to Washington in the fall.
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