National Press Club

Congressman Cicilline Discusses Legislation To Help Local News Outlets

July 17, 2019

Congressman Cicilline Discusses Legislation To Help Local News Outlets

Congressman David Cicilline is a strong believer in the importance of a free and diverse press. In this edition of Update-1, the Rhode Island Democrat sits down with National Press Club member Bill Loveless to discuss legislation he introduced to allow local news outlets to negotiate collectively with large online platforms like Facebook and Google. From his office on Capitol Hill, Cicilline discusses how the Journalism Competition and Preservation Act would provide a lifeline to publishers facing increasingly difficult economic conditions. The bill is the opening salvo in a larger antitrust investigation of the online market by the House Judiciary Committee. Their conversation took place just days after a hearing by the committee on the measure, which is cosponsored by Cicilline, the chairman of the antitrust subcommittee, and Georgia Congressman Doug Collins, the top Republican on the full committee.

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