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Waxman on the Future of News: ‘This Is a Policy Issue’

Free Press Applauds Chairman’s Ideas for Supporting Journalism

WASHINGTON - In a speech at the Federal Trade Commission on Wednesday, Rep.
Henry Waxman (D-Calif.), the chairman of the House Energy and Commerce
Committee, identified policy priorities to support the future of news.
"This is a policy issue," said Waxman of the current state of
journalism. "Government is going to have to be involved in one way or
another."

Waxman urged policymakers in both parties to look into how they can
support new legal or tax structures for media organizations, foster
more philanthropic support, explore new sources of journalism, and
consider more public funding for quality journalism, among other
issues.

Josh Silver, executive director of Free Press, made the following statement:

"Chairman Waxman was spot-on in his call for better policies to
foster quality journalism. Government has played an important role in
news and journalism since its earliest days. As the media landscape
evolves, policymakers have a responsibility to the public to create
policies that can support better journalism and newsgathering in the
Internet age."

"Working hand-in-hand with journalists and the public, policymakers
will have an important role to play in making sure that all or
communities can get the news they need to be active participants in our
democracy. We applaud the Federal Trade Commission and leading
lawmakers are taking on these crucial issues."

Watch video highlights of Waxman's speech:

 

 

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