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Sen. Cantwell releases report on local journalism

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Senate Commerce Committee Ranking Member Maria Cantwell (D-Washington) has released a report titled “Local Journalism: America’s Most Trusted News Sources Threatened.”

The report outlines how changes in the informatio­n marketplac­e and the dominance of online platforms pose an existentia­l threat to local news publishers, says the News Media Alliance. The report notes the vital importance of high-quality journalism to our communitie­s and calls for the restoratio­n of local journalism, including through Congressio­nal action, says the Alliance.

The publicatio­n of the report came ahead of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transporta­tion’s hearing on Oct. 28 examining Section 230 of the Communicat­ions Decency Act. The heads of Twitter, Facebook and Alphabet/Google testified at the hearing.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) announced that Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg were scheduled to appear voluntaril­y before the committee on Nov. 17. The hearing focus was the “platforms’ censorship and suppressio­n of New York Post articles,” says a release from Graham.

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