Media Reform Conference Coming to St. Louis

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By: E&P Staff

The 2005 National Conference for Media Reform comes to St. Louis this weekend with scheduled speakers including Al Franken, musician Patti Smith, Linda Foley of The Newspaper Guild, Seattle Times Publisher Frank Blethen, and New York Daily News Columnist Juan Gonzales.

“Recent years have seen an unprecedented explosion of interest in media issues, from the bipartisan outcry over the FCC’s attempt to increase media ownership caps, to recent furor over government-funded ‘fake news,’ to the battles being waged right now in Washington and across the country over the future of the Internet,” conference organizers said in a statement.

The conference is run by Free Press, which calls itself a “national nonpartisan media reform group.” The event is sold out, but streaming audio and video will be available online at www.freepress.net/conference, and Saturday’s keynote session will be broadcast on Pacifica radio affiliates at 8 p.m. CDT.

Some other speakers are: author Naomi Klein, radio host Amy Goodman, Phil Donahue, movie director Robert Greenwald, David Brock of Media Matters, and three members of Congress.

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