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Panel, video push preservation bill

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The News Media Alliance created a talking-points video promoting The Journalism Competition and Preservation Act, which would create a temporary safe harbor for news publishers to collectively negotiate with major tech platforms for better business terms.

Among those in the video are NMA President and CEO David Chavern; Maribel Perez Wadsworth, president of USA TODAY Network and publisher of USA TODAY; and Terry Egger, CEO and publisher of the Philadelphia Media Network.

The video was released prior to a panel discussion Monday on Capitol Hill that introduced the House and Senate legislation that would give news publishers a temporary 48-month reprieve from existing antitrust laws, allowing them to band together to negotiate.

“At the heart of this bill is helping newspapers survive amid shrinking circulations and massive layoffs,” Minnesota Democrat Amy Kennedy said in a statement, quoted by Roll Call. “Google and Facebook now control the news kingdom. They’ve pitted themselves against newspapers in a David-and-Goliath battle in which newspapers don’t have a stone to throw much less a slingshot to put it in. The readers are the true losers as newsrooms empty out across this country. Google and Facebook aren’t just companies. They’re countries. We can’t allow them to bully newspapers out of business.”

CNPA and 48 other state press associations have signed on in support of the Act. Download a fact sheet here (pdf)

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