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Safe havens/antitrust: Today in Washington, D.C.

Safe havens/antitrust: Today in Washington, D.C.

“Congress must act to preserve a fair and independent press” headlines a USA Today opinion piece today by Joanne Lipman, a former editor in chief of USA TODAY and chief content officer of Gannett.

“I typically would argue that such exemptions are anticompetitive,” Lipman writes, “but the truth is, nothing has been more anticompetitive for the news business in recent years than the digital platforms.”

Congressional hearings began today, Tuesday, on the bipartisan Journalism Competition and Preservation Act, which would allow a four-year antitrust exemption for news organizations so that they can bargain with the digital platforms to create a revenue-sharing model.

View the “Online Platforms and Market Power, Part 1: The Free and Diverse Press” video from today’s House Committee on the Judiciary hearing. On Twitter, the hashtag is #protectlocalnews.

Previously: Panel, video push preservation bill