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Free Press

The Alliance has long advocated for First Amendment protections and for an open government, as reporters continue to serve a valuable role in providing reliable and truthful information to the public.  Lawmakers must recognize the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and the fundamental right of free speech and freedom of the press.

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Statement: News Media Alliance Applauds Introduction of Journalist Protection Act by Representative Swalwell, Senators Blumenthal and Menendez
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Statement: News Media Alliance Applauds Introduction of Journalist Protection Act by Representative Swalwell, Senators Blumenthal and Menendez

Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) and Sens. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Robert Menendez (D-NJ) introduced the Journalist Protection Act, which would penalize individuals who intentionally harm journalists while they are doing their jobs ... Read More
Statement: Representative Raskin Introduces Federal Shield Bill, the PRESS Act, in the House
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Statement: Representative Raskin Introduces Federal Shield Bill, the PRESS Act, in the House

The News Media Alliance applauds Rep. Jamie Raskin for introducing the Protect Reporters from Exploitative State Spying (PRESS) Act ... Read More
Statement: Senator Wyden Introduces Federal Shield Bill, the Protect Reporters from Excessive State Suppression (PRESS) Act
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Statement: Senator Wyden Introduces Federal Shield Bill, the Protect Reporters from Excessive State Suppression (PRESS) Act

The News Media Alliance applauds Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) for today introducing the Protect Reporters from Excessive State Suppression (PRESS) Act, which establishes reasonable ground rules for when the government can obtain confidential source information from the media and their third-party service providers.  ... Read More
News Media for Open Government Encourages Congress to Take Actions to Support Journalists, a Free Press and an Open and More Accountable Government
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News Media for Open Government Encourages Congress to Take Actions to Support Journalists, a Free Press and an Open and More Accountable Government

Recent events continue to demonstrate that journalism and journalists are a necessary part of our democracy and critical to a well-functioning government and an informed electorate. There are many challenges for news media and journalists in today’s landscape. As members of the 117th Congress consider solutions to these challenges, the ... Read More
News Media for Open Government Outlines Recommendations for Biden-Harris Transition Team
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News Media for Open Government Outlines Recommendations for Biden-Harris Transition Team

The News Media for Open Government today sent a position paper to President-Elect Joseph Biden and Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris’s transition team, outlining policy objectives that support and strengthen openness in government and the right to a free and independent press ... Read More
Statement: News Media Alliance Commends Resolution to Increase Diversity in American Media
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Statement: News Media Alliance Commends Resolution to Increase Diversity in American Media

Yesterday the U.S. House of Representatives passed a resolution, introduced by Rep. Val Demings (D-FL), calling for increased diversity in American media. The News Media Alliance applauds Rep. Demings and her fellow sponsors and co-sponsors, and joins them in their commitment to improving diversity in the media ... Read More
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