NEWSFLASH: Group Of 25 Nonpartisan Organizations Signs Letter Opposing JCPA 5.0
On Thursday, a coalition of public interest, consumer advocacy, and civil society groups signed a joint letter to Senate leadership, opposing the Judiciary Committee’s consideration of the Journalism Competition and Preservation Act (JCPA).
The coalition writes: “The JCPA will harm communities by increasing the amount of networked disinformation, hateful speech, and harassment on the internet. The bill forces platforms to carry and pay for the content of any digital journalism provider that becomes part of a joint negotiation entity, regardless of how extreme their content.”
The letter adds that “the [JCPA’s] publisher employee cap of 1,500 would exclude exactly three of the nation’s largest newspapers from eligibility. And the floor of $100,000 in revenue means that a wide range of local, independent, and Black, Latino, and Asian outlets — considered the best at serving the distinct needs of their communities — won’t even qualify.”