NMA backs 'safe harbour' bill with local news video

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With a second bill introduced to allow US publishers to negotiate with Google and Facebook, the News Media Alliance has produced a video making the case for supporting local and regional journalism.

Senators John Kennedy and Amy Klobuchar introduced the Journalism Competition & Preservation Act to the Senate - following a similar Congressional bill - to the "incredible appreciation" of the News Media Alliance. The bill would provide a "limited safe harbor" for news publishers to collectively negotiate with Facebook and Google for better business arrangements.

A YouTube video, Legislation to protect local news, presents the importance of quality journalism, especially local news and why the future of news is at risk if action is not taken now by leveling the playing field with the big tech platforms.

Alliance president and chief executive David Chavern, as well as Maribel Perez Wadsworth, president of USA Today Network and publisher of USA Today, and Terry Egger, chief executive and publisher of the Philadelphia Media Network, are among those appearing in the video.

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