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For Immediate Release

Liz Rose, Communications Director,
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Public Interest and Media Justice Groups Ask FCC to Address Diversity Problem in Media


A coalition of media justice and public interest organizations sent
a letter to Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius
Genachowski yesterday, calling on the agency to make increased
diversity in the media and broadband communications landscape a top
priority. The groups issued the following joint statement:

"Historically marginalized communities still face countless barriers
to their own members' provision and ownership of communications
services. The Communications Act instructs the Commission to examine
these barriers and take steps to eliminate them. This Commission has
taken strides in this area, yet much work remains to be done to address
persistent and growing digital divides."

"We urge the Commission to implement better data-gathering practices
regarding the ownership of media outlets by minorities and women, and
to examine diversity in pending proceedings at the Commission. For
instance, we ask that extensive studies be conducted regarding the
potential impact of the proposed merger between Comcast and NBC
Universal on the diversity of voices in ownership and programming."

The signatories to the letter include Afro-Netizen; Alliance for
Community Media; Benton Foundation; Professor Angela Campbell of
Georgetown Law; the Center for Media Justice; the Center for Rural
Strategies; Free Press; Main Street Project; Media Access Project;
Media Alliance; Mountain Area Information Network; the National
Alliance for Media Arts & Culture; the National Association of
Hispanic Journalists; the National Federation of Community
Broadcasters; Public Knowledge; Reclaim the Media; Texas Media
Empowerment Project; United Church of Christ Office of Communication,
Inc.; and U.S. Public Interest Research Group.

Read the letter here:

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