Local Journalism Sustainability Act Introduced in U.S. Senate as Companion to House Bill

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On Thursday, July 22, Senator Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), Sen. Mark Kelly (D-Ariz.) and Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) introduced a companion bill in the U.S. Senate to H.R. 3940, the Local Journalism Sustainability Act. This is a bipartisan bill that seeks to help local newspapers sustain financial viability through a series of three tax credits.

America's Newspapers supports the passage of this legislation and calls on all members to ask their senators and Congressional representatives for their support.

Alan Fisco, president of America’s Newspapers and president of The Seattle Times Company, said: “At this critical time for many newspapers, I am very appreciative of the leadership and support of Senators Cantwell, Kelly and Wyden for introducing the Senate Local Journalism Sustainability Act of 2021."

He said, "At a time where many of us are struggling to maintain newsroom employment levels, passage of this bill is urgently needed. Senator Cantwell is an expert on the role of local journalism and the vital role it plays in sustaining our democracy.”

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Philip S Moore

As much as I am an advocate for community journalism, the foundation of a free and vibrant press, especially a community press, is its independence from government support or control. While the intention of the Local Journalism Sustainability Act of 2021 is well-meaning, any such intrusion by government in the production and publication of the news should be vigorously resisted as the first step toward erosion of the meaning and purpose of the First Amendment.

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